TALENTED: Burnett State College's team won third prize in their first outing at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic and Talent Aspirations Program at CQUniversity Rockhampton, 2014. From left: Jarrason Purcell, Jesse George, Zane Ratcliff and Bailey Kimber. Photo Shirley Way / Central & North Burnett Times
TALENTED: Burnett State College's team won third prize in their first outing at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic and Talent Aspirations Program at CQUniversity Rockhampton, 2014. From left: Jarrason Purcell, Jesse George, Zane Ratcliff and Bailey Kimber. Photo Shirley Way / Central & North Burnett Times Shirley Way

Debut team elated by third placing

CULTURAL pride brought home third prize for four Burnett State College boys who spent two days immersed in Indigenous culture.

For the first time the college sent a team of four - Jesse George, Bailey Kimber, Jarrason Purcell and Zane Ratcliff - to compete in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Academic and Talent Aspirations Program hosted by CQUniversity at Rockhampton.

From the surprise of placing third overall to the determination of beating Eidsvold next year, the boys described the four-challenge event as a welcoming and fun experience.

With Bailey placed second in a 50-question quiz, the team didn't leave the top of the leaderboard.

Zane was thrilled to place second in the oral persuasive speech on the NAIDOC theme, World War I Centenary and beyond.

For Jesse, inspirational speaker Sam Ruben's message came home.

"If you plant negative seeds they grow into a negative tree. If you plant positive seeds they grow into a positive tree."

And Bailey was positive they would place first next year. Watch out, Eidsvold!

Read about the Eidsvold team's triumph here.