Lions Youth of the Year entrants Holly Pender, Penelope Meeves, Rhiannon Nind, Ben Wilson, Matthew Manahan and Alec Pokarier at the presentation evening at the Jackie Howe Motel on Saturday.
Lions Youth of the Year entrants Holly Pender, Penelope Meeves, Rhiannon Nind, Ben Wilson, Matthew Manahan and Alec Pokarier at the presentation evening at the Jackie Howe Motel on Saturday. Deanna Millard

Youth of today well represented at regional finals

ALONG with four other locals I was privileged to spend Saturday acting as a judge for the regional final of the Lions Youth of the Year contest.

The event is centred around that one activity that seems to universally terrify the human race - public speaking.

Six high schools from across south east Queensland - including St Joseph's at Stanthorpe - were represented by six of the most impressive young people I have been fortunate enough to meet in a long time.

The overwhelming feeling among the judges was that the future leadership of this country is in safe hands, if these half a dozen examples of it are anything to go by.

The contestants underwent a 30-minute individual interview with the judges during the day, and then answered two impromptu questions at the evening dinner function along with delivering a prepared speech, to a standard only described as phenomenal.

The overall winner was Alec Pokarier of Coomera Anglican College, who goes on to the state final on April 6, and the public speaking winner from the evening function was Ben Wilson of the Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane.

Also performing strongly and making the judging task extremely difficult - with a matter of only a few points separating all entrants - were Penelope Meeves (Lindisfarne Anglican College), Matthew Manahan (St Joseph's Stanthorpe), Holly Pender (West Moreton Anglican College) and Rhiannon Nind (Canterbury College).

 



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