TO say Year 9 Prairiewood High School student Sujneet Johal is well spoken is an understatement.
On Friday of last week she talked her way into the state final of the Junior Legacy Public Speaking competition.
The state semi-final was held at the Theatrette of NSW Parliament House.
Only 26 students made it to this level and just eight were chosen to proceed to the State Final.
Representing South Western Sydney, Sujneet spoke about violence on sporting fields. Her impromptu topic for the day was titled 'crash and burn', and Sujneet spoke about political policies targeted at women.
"It's always difficult and it's a constant challenge but if you're determined and motivated you'll get there," Sujneet said.
Sujneet received help from her coach Justine Magee, the school's public speaking co-ordinator.
"It's very good to see that she [Sujneet] is not only enjoying it but working hard as well," said Mrs Magee.
The pair have been training for weeks leading up to the event.
The school has supported Sujneet throughout the rounds. A group of 12 friends and family were by her side while she competed in the semi-final.
The competition originally had more than 500 students enter from 200 schools.
The final eight will do battle on Monday, October 28, at the Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW.