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Kicking off the Season with Top Talks

The 2020 VCE Season of Excellence is in full swing, after it kicked off with Top Talks at the State Victoria Library on Friday 14 February. It was the first education event to be held in the Library’s newly refurbished Conversation Quarter.

Four exceptional Extended Investigation students from the 2019 VCE cohort took to the stage and captivated the sold-out audience with their extensive independent research and findings.

Each student gave a compelling presentation on their chosen research topic. The topics covered included how the ‘monster in narrative’ reflects humanity’s evolution, presented by Jaime Watts from Beaconhills College, and promoting entomophagy amid a climate crisis by Kameron Lai, who completed her VCE at The MacRobertson Girls’ High School last year.

Following the presentations, the audience heard from Oscar Wycisk, an alumnus of the Extended Investigation program, who detailed his experience and the extraordinary benefits of undertaking the program in 2018. The audience was also treated to a questions and answers discussion with the students, facilitated by host and emcee Maxine McKew.

Eliza Griffiths, who studied VCE Extended Investigation at Girton Grammar School Bendigo, said that she loved her experience participating in Top Talks. ‘I enjoyed the process of showing my research as I am really proud of it and like to talk about it,’ she said.

Eliza presented her research on the topic of the male reaction to female empowerment. ‘Extended Investigation really broadened my mind to find interest in a lot of different things,’ she said.

Another thought-provoking topic, presented by Xavier Dooley from Melbourne High School, focussed on the sale of troglitazone in the United States of America and the Australian medication approval process. When asked about taking part in Top Talks, Xavier commented, ‘It is such an amazing opportunity to meet like minded people who really enjoy their subject and put a lot of time and effort into it.’

The VCE Season of Excellence is an annual festival that celebrates our most talented VCE students. Top Talks was the first of six showcases that will be running during the Season, which also includes Top Class, Top Screen, Top Arts, Top Designs and Top Acts.

More information is available on the VCE Season of Excellence webpages.