Youth com­pe­ti­tion en­cour­ages lead­er­ship

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day Li­ons Youth of the Year was held at the Chris­tian Col­lage li­brary on Satur­day where four Year 12 stu­dents bat­tled it out in the ul­ti­mate test of public speak­ing, aca­demic, sport­ing and cur­rent af­fairs.

The Li­ons Youth of the Year is a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion that of­fers an un­equalled op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­ter­view sit­u­a­tion – in a friendly at­mos­phere – and a chance to prac­tise your public speak­ing skills.

It is de­signed to en­cour­age stu­dent in­ter­est in lead­er­ship and the qual­i­ties re­quired to take an ac­tive and con­struc­tive role in the com­mu­nity.

On Satur­day, the stu­dents were in­ter­viewed by mem­bers of the Li­ons Club, and then gave a two minute im­promptu speech be­fore de­liv­er­ing a five minute pre­pared speech.

Year 12 stu­dent Shon­telle Bet­zel was de­clared Youth of the Year for the Whit­sun­days.

Dayna Mar­shall was awarded a public speak­ing prize.

Shon­telle now moves on to the zone level of judg­ing which will be held in Collinsville this Satur­day, March 14.

If she is suc­cess­ful, she will go on to re­gional, dis­trict, state and even­tu­ally na­tional fi­nals.

Whit­sun­day Li­ons mem­ber Al­lan Grav­elle said youth tal­ent in the Whit­sun­days never ceases to amaze him.

YOUTH OF THE YEAR: Whit­sun­day Chris­tian Col­lege stu­dents Kavita Supra­ma­niam, Dayna Mar­shall, Fia Fitzger­ald and Shon­telle Bet­zel with Whit­sun­day mem­ber Ja­son Costi­gan and Whit­sun­day Li­ons pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Glo­ria De­Mar­tini.

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