Last Tuesday (12th February) at the Mountain Creek Tafe, the Mooloolaba Lions held their club final of the NAB/Lions Youth of the Year Competition.
The audience was entertained and educated by students from Immanuel Lutheran College and Maroochydore State High School, the winner progressing to the next level of the competition.
The aim of the quest is to foster and develop the leadership potential qualities of young people. The confidence gained by contestants as a result of their participation in the Quest is a noticeable benefit.
There are 3 elements to each level of judging. Firstly a written entry that provides judges with information to determine the students’ leadership qualities, sporting and cultural activities, citizenship and community involvement and academic achievements.
The second element is an informal interview in which the judges can obtain an insight into the student’s knowledge on issues of local, National and international concerns.
The third and final element is public speaking. Here the judges consider the logical presentation of material and the manner, deportment, clarity and conviction of how the speech is delivered.
On the night, the students presented a variety of topics including ‘Philanthropy’, ‘Global Unity’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Touching Innovation and Inspiration’, and ‘Australia Day’. The students were extremely well spoken and informative on their subjects.
As well as prepared speeches of a topic of their choosing the students were also required to speak on an impromptu topics which on the night which included “Why are Communities Important” and the other “Influence’ what does that mean to you”
The process is repeated at the Zone, Regional (covering most of the Sunshine Coast), district (Mooloolaba in the South to Rockhampton in the North out to Longreach and down to Kingaroy, and the areas in between), the state and finally the national level.
Youth of the Year was first instigated in Brisbane in 1964. It is a well rounded process designed to give each participant a range of experience.