Youth speak out for Lions com­pe­ti­tion

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

BROOKE Tu­paea’s jaw dropped when she was an­nounced as the pub­lic speak­ing win­ner and over­all win­ner of the 2014 Whit­sun­day Lions Youth of the Year com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Nine stu­dents en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion which was held at the Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege school hall and were as­sessed on a 20 minute in­ter­view, two im­promptu ques­tions and a five minute pre­pared speech by a panel of judges.

Event or­gan­iser and chair­per­son Glo­ria Demar­tini said the qual­ity of speeches was phenom­e­nal and praised all con­tes­tants on their out­stand­ing ef­forts.

The Proser­pine Lions Club held their Proser­pine Lions Youth of the Year com­pe­ti­tion last month.

Pres­i­dent David Hin­schen said the com­pe­ti­tion was a great step­ping stone for the fu­ture ca­reers of all con­tes­tants. The con­test was run over one day with 80 per cent of the marks com­ing from judges ques­tion­ing stu­dents on nu­mer­ous sub­jects and 20 per­cent on the pub­lic speak­ing.

The win­ner of the pub­lic speak­ing was Brent Matthews and the over­all win­ner of the Lions Youth of the Year was Is­abelle Sil­ber­ling.

Both Brooke and Is­abelle will be com­pet­ing in the zone fi­nal at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre this Sun­day from 12pm.

They will be two of four con­tes­tants com­pet­ing from Proser­pine, Whit­sun­day, Bowen and Collinsville and the event will be hosted by the Whit­sun- day Lions Club. The zone win­ner will com­pete at the re­gional fi­nal which will be hosted by the Proser­pine Lions Club and held at the Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club on Sun­day, March 16.

The win­ner from the re­gional fi­nal will then com­pete at the district com­pe­ti­tion in Mackay on March 28, with the district win­ner to then com­pete at the state fi­nals in Cairns on April 12.

YOUNG LEAD­ERS: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege head of sec­ondary school James van Gelderen, Mitzi Nieu­woudt, Steven Har­ris, Matthew Hen­ning, Lo­gan Kohler, NAB store man­ager David Evans, (front) Tayla Evans, over­all Lions Youth of the Year win­ner Brooke Tu­paea, Louisa Sum­mers­gill, Samantha Topp and Hema Supra­ma­nian on Satur­day.

LIONS STARS: Pub­lic speak­ing win­ner Brent Matthews, By­ron Thomp­son, over­all win­ner of Lions Proser­pine Youth of the Year 2014 Is­abelle Sil­ber­ling with Lions Proser­pine pres­i­dent and event or­gan­iser David Hin­schen.

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