Sydney Shellebarger: Wife of Chevron Indonesia’s president Jeff Shellebarger and one of the jurors at the Youth Speak! Fun Day.
“I have seen so much talent among Indonesian school students and this Youth Speak! Fun Day event enhances their teamwork, self-confidence and creativity. The event has given lifetime skills for these students”
Ida Bagus Rai Mantra Dharmawijaya: Mayor of Denpasar.
“The Youth Speak! Fun Day is a great event for students in Bali and all over Indonesia. It is an event where they can voice their aspirations, channel their creativity and most of all, practice their English language skills, a skill badly needed for them in the globalization era. I am happy to host the event in my city of Denpasar.”
Kaori Melinda Hatsuse: Student at SMA Patra Darma, winner of the news reading competition.
“Youth Speak! Fun Day is cool. I am very happy to have won the news reading competition. I had to go through three rounds — preliminary, semifinal and final — competing with 124 participants. I hope that the event can be held every year.”
Nabila Victoria: Student at SMA I Balikpapan and runner-up in the writing competition and spelling bee.
“I feel great winning in two categories even though in second place. I really hope to participate in next year’s competition. The Dome’s party is even more exciting. I can meet students from other schools, the performances are extraordinary. This is a rare event in Balikpapan.”
Eddie Effendie: A teacher at SMA 2 and chairman of the Balikpapan English Teachers’ Association (MGMP)
“We thank The Jakarta Post Foundation, Chevron Indonesia and the Education and Culture Ministry for holding Youth Speak! Fun Day.
It is an important forum for students to hone their English language skills by taking part in various competitions. Students need a forum in which they can showcase their talents, their language skills. All teachers and students have been so enthusiastic and we will fully support Youth Speak! Fun Day next year.”
Laura: A Fullbright scholarship recipient from New York, currently working as a teacher at SMK 1 in Balikpapan. Laura was also a judge in the news reading competition.
“The Youth Speak! Fun Day is an inspiring, creative endeavor to encourage Indonesian students to master the English language. I trained my students for the spelling bee and English debate competitions, and I am so happy to be part of this event.”
James Mc Farlane: Engineer in charge of Kalimantan — Schlumberger.
He was a member of the panel of judges in the news reading competition at Youth Speak! Fun Day in Balikpapan
“For me the day was an excellent one. I thought the level of English the kids displayed was outstanding and their attitude even more impressive. I would happily help out again in any way I can. Seeing all the schools from Balikpapan together was a great way to be introduced to the city.”
Kayti Denham: Program coordinator for student creativity, action and service at Bali International School.
“I am very happy that my students have taken the initiative to become involved in the Youth Speak! Fun Day event in Bali and I support them and encourage their friends to join in also.
The program has such benefits for students in Bali. As the student’s (Creativity, Action and Service) CAS program coordinator I shall guide the Bali International students in making the most of their participation to add value to their individual CAS outcomes.
Next year I would like to see the school become more supportive of this initiative. It assists our students in gaining cross-cultural understanding, gives opportunities for real outcomes for high school students in the local and national media. I think also there is an opportunity for some real links to be made, especially as certain aspects require the use of the English language, our bilingual and multi-
lingual students will find much to engage in.
I love Indonesia: A number of students perform Aceh’s Saman dance from Aceh during Youth Speak! Fun Day in Jakarta. JP/R.Berto Werdhatama
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