Students show they belong on stage

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Mollie Bayliss flies high during a group dance exploring climate change.
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The talent of several Broome Senior High School students will take centre stage at the upcoming YOH Fest finals in Mandurah later this month.

Students with a flair for the arts competed in the Kimberley heat of the Statewide performing arts festival in September and were challenged to create an original piece that incorporated the assigned theme of Belonging.

After an outstanding heat, seven entries from Broome SHS were picked by the judges to compete in the finals.

Year 12 media student Holly Billingham was named a finalist in the film category for her piece, Finding Happiness, while Year 9 drama student Asha Vincent was picked as a finalist in the solo/duo drama category for Onstage.

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Dancer Naomi Gabb was named a finalist in the dance category for her solo, God Knows, along with a group of students for their powerful performance of Talking Climate: Taking Action, A Quest for Belonging.

Broome SHS music students also enjoyed success in the music category, which was introduced into YOH Fest for the first time.

Damar Isherwood, Sabita Latchman and Year 11 boy group Drop D were all picked as finalists for their respective original songs, I Love You Dad, Do You Like Me Now? and Just Do This.

Year 11 visual arts student Amishah Monola was named runner-up in the visual arts category for her piece, Sensory, while the Year 9 dance class received an award for the Highest Health Message score.

Broome Senior High School’s arts head Sascha Bragaglia said the high level of success by the students was a testament to their hard work, dedication and skill.

“It’s such an honour to have finalists in all four categories and knowing it’s the students’ original work is an absolute credit to them,” she said. “The fact that these students will be going up against schools, both public and private, from across the State is very exciting and we’re really honoured to have so much representation this year.”

Students from Derby District High School receiving an award for Most Engaging Health Message within a Kimberley context and were invited to perform at the finals.

The YOH Fest finals will be at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on Friday, October 25.

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