The Blacktown Youth Ambassador program has been supported by Blacktown Council since 1982. Each year two applicants are chosen to represent the Youth of Blacktown City. To be chosen to represent a city with a population of over 300 000 is a great honour and achievement. Plumpton High School has had a distinquished record in this program with seven students being chosen since our first entry into the program in 1999. There is a special honour board in the Administration Office to acknowledge past representatives
The process involves a written application, applicants are then invited for an interview by a panel of councillors. Questions are based around local knowledge and the Sister Cities Program. Following the interviews a selection of 4 to 6 are chosen to go through to the final session which involves a 5 minute speech on a nominated topic.
The finalists deliver their speeches at a very special ceremony at Blacktown Civic Centre. This year nearly all of the Blacktown City Councillors were present, including the Mayor, Councillor Alan Pendleton. A special guest was the Leader of the NSW Opposition, John Robertson. The speeches were all of a very high standard but Year Eleven Plumpton High School student, Emma Stylli, was sensational and was declared one of two Blacktown Youth Ambassadors for 2012.
This is an outstanding result, particularly when considering the high quality of applicants that were involved throughout the entire process.
Emma will now be involved in Youth Council Meetings, Citizenship and Civic ceremonies and later in the year she will attend the National Sister Cities conference in Davenport, Tasmania.
Plumpton High School is extremely proud of Emma's achievement.