Youth competition encourages leadership
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.