THREE of the area’s best young people were contestants in the Zone finals for Lions Youth of the Year last Saturday.
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Hosted by the Raymond Terrace Lions Club, the contestants were put through a rigorous day of being interviewed by a panel of three judges, giving two impromptu speeches, and one prepared speech to a public audience.
Each of the three local high school students participated to a high level.
The contestants included: Jaydon Maidstone (Hunter River High), Alyssa McDonald (Hunter River High), and Jordan Tumes (Medowie Christian School).
Youth Chair of the Raymond Terrace Lions Club and organiser of the event, Mrs Glenys Francis, told News Of The Area, “It is with a sense of pride that we support our local young people to progress to community leaders.”
“This competition has been running for 28 years in Australia and the Raymond Terrace Lions Club have participated since its inception.”
“The winners from Raymond Terrace, Tea Gardens and Medowie Clubs competed in the Zone final on Saturday.”
“It is a terrific opportunity for young people to showcase their personality, community leadership, and represent their community.”
“We have always been proud of our young representatives and will do anything we can to support them.”
“Each of the clubs will be sponsoring their contestants to attend a Youth Camp in April where they will meet other young achievers form all over the District.”
Two contestants, Alyssa and Jordan were selected to go on to the Regional finals to be held in Clarencetown.
Topics contestants spoke about ranged from personal experiences of growing up as a teenager in the new millennium to role models that inspire them to the meaning of black holes in space.
The audience were equally entertained, educated, and enthralled by the talents and community spirit of young people in the local community.
The Lions Youth of the Year competition is open to young people aged 15-19.
Contestants are nominated through local Lions Clubs and focuses on developing in young people: leadership, personal improvement, sportsmanship, citizenship, community involvement, and public speaking experiences.
By Heather SHARP