Gaye Elder with Lions Youth of the Year Sallyanne Elder, runner-up David McMahon and Warren Elder.
Gaye Elder with Lions Youth of the Year Sallyanne Elder, runner-up David McMahon and Warren Elder.

Sallyanne speaks out for youth

A PASSIONATE 16-year-old Sallyanne Elder is one teenager destined for a bright future as she stood out for Lions Youth of the Year for 2010.

“It was a big surprise – I didn’t think I was in with a chance but I was really glad,” Sallyanne said.

“It was a good experience. It teaches you a lot about public speaking and builds up your confidence.”

Lions Youth of the Year chairman Jeff Ferguson said it was a great night and The Scots PGC College school captain’s speech stood out against the other contestants.

“She was really good and stood out but all the contestants were excellent and judges said it was really close. Sallyanne spoke really well on the night,” Mr Ferguson said.

“It is a really good opportunity for the students for public speaking and it gives them more confidence to speak in front of people.”

Sallyanne, who spoke about youths’ portrayal in the media, will head to Goondiwindi on March 13 to compete at the next zone level.

Lions Club of Warwick president Ros Keim said all the students were outstanding for this year’s Youth of the Year and the competition was a great way for youth to get involved in something different.

“It is something Lions gives back to youth,” Mrs Keim said.

The runners-up were Scots PGC College student David McMahon and Assumption College student Lauren Morris.



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