Year 6 Carina State School student Jess Kelly has been named the winner of the Commonwealth Games Supporters banner competition held by Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta.

Mr Vasta presented Jess with a Commonwealth Games merchandise prize pack at her school assembly, with her mother Michelle Kelly looking on.

Jess said when designing the banner, she thought about the Games, the Games’ mascot, and this year’s competitors.

“I also wanted to remind anyone that is watching to never give up on what you’re trying,” Jess said.

Her mother Michelle said she was extremely proud of Jessica and her efforts.

“Jess is very excited to take her prize winnings with us when we attend the shooting event at Belmont next month. Thank you to Ross for the amazing prizes and thank you to Jessica's teacher Bronwyn Wood for encouraging the children to express their interest and deliver the entries on time,” Ms Kelly said.

Carina State School teacher Bronwyn Wood said the competition was a great learning experience for her students.

“They had to think about their colour choices, the shapes and designs and what would be the most persuasive slogans to support the targeted audience. It was surprising to see the students come up with suggestions such as: ‘Try your best’, ‘Be a good sport’, ‘We'll be proud of the effort you put in’. It was a great lesson for teaching the students about previous Commonwealth and Olympic Games and the culture that comes with these activities,” Mrs Wood said.

Mr Vasta said he looked forward to taking Jess’s banner to the Commonwealth Games and waving it proudly.

“I want to thank Jessica and the many talented students who shared their designs. It was great seeing their creativity and enthusiasm for the Games!” Mr Vasta said.

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