Youth pre­pare for re­gional fi­nal

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROSER­PINE State High School stu­dent Brent Matthews and Bowen State High School stu­dent Ara­nia Si­va­sub­ra­ma­niam were the over­all win­ners of the Lions Youth of the Year zone fi­nal on Sun­day.

Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dent Brooke Tu­paea was named as the pub­lic speak­ing win­ner at the event which was held at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

The fourth zone con­tes­tant from Collinsville State High School had to with­draw due to ill­ness.

In­ter­views were con­ducted in the morn­ing ses­sion where judges were able to de­ter­mine the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, sport­ing and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, ci­ti­zen­ship, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and aca­demic achieve­ments of each con­tes­tant.

Other fac­tors and scores in­cluded man­ner, de­port­ment, cul­tural ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pub­lic speak­ing.

The judg­ing panel were able to gain an in­sight into the knowl­edge that each contes- tant had on is­sues of lo­cal, state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ests. In the af­ter­noon ses­sion, con­tes­tants had to an­swer two im­promptu ques­tions, and then deliver a five minute pre­pared speech.

Whit­sun­day Lions Club zone chair­man Glo­ria Demar­tini con­grat­u­lated all con­tes­tants on their de­ci­sion to en­ter the quest and the ex­pe­ri­ence they would have gained through their in­ter­view and pub­lic speak­ing sec­tions.

“We wish them all the best for the next level of the quest,” she said.

The two zone win­ners will be com­pet­ing at the re­gional fi­nal which will be hosted by the Proser­pine Lions Club and held at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre Whit­sun­day (PECW) this Sun­day.

They will be go­ing up against two zone fi­nal­ists from Mackay. 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.

FI­NAL­ISTS: Brooke Tu­paea from Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege, Ara­nia Si­va­sub­ra­ma­niam from Bowen State High School and Brent Matthews from Proser­pine State High School all com­peted in the Lions Youth of the Year zone fi­nal on Sun­day af­ter­noon at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

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