However all are facing uphill battles to reach the top three from indigenous students all over the nation.
The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience showcased more than 700 indigenous secondary students across Australia as they tackled the question of what they would say if they were elected Australia’s first indigenous Prime Minister.
That group was then cut down to a top 10 including three Shoalhaven students – Shae Aldridge from Bomaderry High School, Vincentia High School’s Jason Gillard and Jacob Williams from Ulladulla High School.
All the top 10 last week travelled to Sydney to work on their speeches with mentors, with Jacob working one-on-one with journalist and television presenter Stan Grant.
The top three will present their speeches and thoughts to Federal Parliament next month, but all the Shoalhaven students need your support to elevate them in the standing.
Late yesterday Shae was in sixth position, Jacob seventh and Jason was in ninth.
While Jacob remains in seventh position on the tally board, Ulladulla High School has cast the most votes out of any school in Australia.
It is an impressive feat according to AIME project manager Stephen Mitchell.
“Ulladulla has made 8 per cent of the votes out of nearly 40,000 votes made during the campaign,” Mr Mitchell said.
“It’s been a great journey, watching Jacob improve and succeed has been wonderful.
“His speech is raw and he speaks from the heart about what he wants for Australia in the future.”
On Thursday Jacob had the opportunity to meet with NSW Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner who said he was impressed by the student’s initiative.
“By preparing and delivering the first speech by an indigenous Prime Minister, these students are helping imagine a better future for our country,” Mr Stoner said.
“AIME’s The Other Election is a great initiative that not only helps prepare our young leaders for the future, but also inspires the hundreds of kids that are taking part, not to mention the thousands of people listening in.
“These students have been chosen from an enormous pool of talent and represent our country’s future generation of leaders.”
AIME works around Australia providing mentoring and educational services for indigenous high school students to help them through the final stages of school at the same rate as every other Australian child.
Mr Stoner said he was impressed by the representation of regional NSW among the brightest indigenous leaders, with students from Ulladulla, Bomaderry, Vincentia and Coffs Harbour all reaching the top 10.
“It is a great honour to meet these kids and I am incredibly impressed by the intelligence, passion and thoughtfulness of their speeches,” Mr Stoner said.
Voting is as simple as logging on to www.theotherelection.com.au, and then typing in the first name of the preferred student which will take you to a page on which you can cast a vote.
Voting closes at midnight on Sunday, September 29.