SIDE is very excited to announce that two of our Year 12 students, Adrianna and Asharnta, have been chosen as ABC Heywire National Storytelling Winners.

They are to be commended for shining a light on their culture, being a voice for their community and being emerging leaders of the future.


Adrianna, from Three Springs, is a Year 12 student at Morawa District High School who studies English with SIDE.

Listen to her story here:

Learning how to make bush medicine from Nan is special

Asharnta is a Year 12 student at Meekatharra District High School who studies English with SIDE.

Listen to her story here:

I work supporting young people as best I can

Heywire Winners are flown to Canberra in March for a week-long Heywire Youth Summit to meet other rural, regional and remote young leaders in their community.

SIDE English Learning Area teachers promote Heywire every year through a Storytelling Workshop in Webex with ABC journalist Katie McAllister.

Heywire is open to young people aged 16-22 living in rural, regional or remote Australia. It encourages them to tell their stories in text, photo, video or audio about their life. ABC staff provide mentoring and technical support to Heywire winners and produce their stories for radio, television and the Heywire website .

Stay tuned for our Heywire Workshops for rural, regional and remote students in Year 11 and Year 12 in 2023 and your story, too, may be a future Heywire Winner!

Listen to the stories of previous SIDE winners here.

Regan (Manjimup 2017)

Raymond (Buttah Windee near Meekatharra 2019)

Brielle (Dunsborough 2020)

Rania (Cocos Island 2021)

Veejay (Shark Bay 2022)

Congratulations to Adrianna and Asharnta, our 2023 ABC Heywire National Storytelling Winners!