Youth have their voices heard at re­gional fi­nal

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

PROSER­PINE State High School stu­dent Brent Matthews and Bowen’s Ara­nia Si­va­sub­ra­ma­niam rep­re­sented the Whit­sun­day re­gion at the 2014 Lions Youth of the Year re­gional fi­nal at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on the weekend.

The two stu­dents went up against Sinikiwe Nco­manzi from the Whit­sun­day Angli­can School in Mackay and Cait­lyn Slater from Mi­rani State High School.

Ms Nco­manzi was an­nounced as the pub­lic speak­ing win­ner and over­all win­ner of the re­gional fi­nal on Sun­day.

Each con­tes­tant was in­ter­viewed for 40 min­utes by a panel of three judges to give an in­sight into their per­sonal lead­er­ship qual­i­ties, sport­ing and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, ci­ti­zen­ship, com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and aca­demic achieve­ments.

The in­ter­view was worth 80 points and other fac­tors in­clud­ing man­ner, de­port­ment, cul­tural ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pub­lic speak­ing were also con­sid­ered.

The stu­dents were then as­sessed on two im­promptu speeches and a five minute pre­pared speech.

Proser­pine Lions pres­i­dent and Youth of the Year chair­man David Hin­schen con­grat­u­lated all con­tes­tants on their out­stand­ing achieve­ment.

“Each week the con­tes­tants have con­tin­ued to step up the qual­ity of their speeches and I wish there were more of their peers in at­ten­dance to lis­ten to them,” he said.

“We wish all con­tes­tants the best of luck in their fu­ture en­deav­ours.”

The panel of three judges was made up of sec­ond vice pres­i­dent of Toast­mas­ters In­ter­na­tional Mike Storkey, Nathan Blain from the Proser­pine Po­lice and Lee-Anne Dougherty from Proser­pine State School.

Ms Nco­manzi will now com­pete at the district com­pe­ti­tion in Mackay on Fri­day, March 28, with the district win­ner to then com­pete at the state fi­nals in Cairns on April 12.

YOUTH LEAD­ERS: Re­gional win­ner Sinikiwe Nco­manzi, Cait­lyn Slater, Brent Matthews and Ara­nia Si­va­sub­ra­ma­niam at the re­gional fi­nal of the 2014 Lions Youth of the Year quest at the Proser­pine En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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