Simi speaks strongly to earn Youth of the Year

Southern Riverina news - - BULLETIN BOARD -

Finley High School stu­dent Simi Naicori was an­nounced as the Finley Lions Club Youth of the Year last week.

Simi was pre­sented with the honour at the club’s an­nual Youth of the Year com­pe­ti­tion held at Finley Bowl­ing Club.

Sixty peo­ple at­tended the din­ner, where Simi com­peted against fel­low Finley High School stu­dent Kiarni Jones in a pub­lic speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The pair an­swered two two-minute im­promptu ques­tions be­fore pre­sent­ing their own five minute speech.

Kiarni spoke about her own men­tal health is­sues while Simi spoke about Alexan­der the Great.

The im­promptu ques­tions were ‘Where do you see your­self in five years time?’ and ‘How can we im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties in Finley for the younger mem­bers of the com­mu­nity?’

Judges Liz McNa­mara, Michelle Barnes and Syd Dud­ley se­lected Kiarni the win­ner of the pub­lic speak­ing sec­tor while an­nounc­ing Simi as the over­all win­ner.

Mr Dud­ley said the two stu­dents showed im­pres­sive pre­sen­ta­tion skills.

‘‘Kiarni gave an ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tion on men­tal health,’’ he said.

‘‘Touch­ing on her own ex­pe­ri­ence she made that the tem­plate for her pre­sen­ta­tion.

‘‘Simi is a stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive and school cap­tain.

‘‘He’s 17 years of age and gets out of bed at 3am to work at the bak­ery and then goes to school af­ter­wards. He’s a real goer.

‘‘That sort of com­mit­ment to his life goals is out­stand­ing and prob­a­bly helped get him over the line.’’

Simi will now com­pete at the zone fi­nal against rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Berri­gan and Jer­ilderie, at the Berri­gan CWA rooms on March 11.

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