Youth have their voices heard at regional final
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.