Former student and writer Stephany Stegall with Warwick State High School principal David Ferguson.
Former student and writer Stephany Stegall with Warwick State High School principal David Ferguson.

Dream to be a writer comes true

STEPHANY Stegall remembers standing before an interview panel in 1968 at Warwick State High School (WSHS) telling them of her dream to be a writer.

Now, more than 40 years later, Mrs Stegall has returned to the corridors of the school in the very role she once aspired to.

She has been asked to collate information gathered by researchers for a book on the school's centenary in two years time.

“This is a fulfilment for me and this will be the last major book I will be a part of,” she said.

“My dream has come to fruition. It finally happened for me and it has been very exciting.”

It is appropriate for Mrs Stegall to work on the book as all her family – eight brothers and sisters, as well as her parents – attended Warwick State High School. Mrs Stegall herself was announced Student of the Year in 1968.

She has published three biographies – Can I call you Colin? The Authorised Biography of Colin Thiele; The Loved and the Lost: The life of Ivan Southall; and Bruce Dawe: Life Cycle, as well as compiling Yours sincerely, Colin Thiele.

WSHS teacher Doug Wilson is keen to add to the collection of students' stories and memories.

“The centenary publication committee is looking for photos, stories, uniforms and general memorabilia connected to WSHS,” Mr Wilson said.

“Every decade is relevant.”

He said your story might be an amusing moment or a story of a particular event which reflects your time at WSHS.

Simply write your story down and mail it to The Centenary Publication, Warwick State High School, Palmerin Street, Warwick or visit http://www.warwickshs.eq.edu.au/centenaryprep.htm



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