Recently, two of our students (Sacha Ekberg and Sharon George) participated in the first round of the Lions Youth Of The Year.
The Program is a project of the Lions Clubs of Australia and Papua New Guinea to select outstanding youths to be ambassadors for their country and travel overseas under the Auspices of Lions Club International.
It aims to foster, encourage and develop Leadership and other citizenship qualities in youth when they are about to enter careers or higher education. Whereas Academic attainments are important, the qualities that are reviewed are centred in Leadership, Personality, General Knowledge and National Affairs, Sportsmanship, Citizen and Cultural Interest and Public Speaking.
It aims to encourage entrants to think in an intelligent and reasonable way, meet in fellowship with fellow contestants, meet prominent citizens of the community and learn something of the work of Lions.
Our students presented two impromptu questions – “What does it mean to be rich?” “What is the importance of communication?” Sacha and Sharon spoke very well and also presented their prepared five minute speeches.
Interviews were completed during the day and both students scored very well in this area. Schools participating included Ballarat High School and St. Patrick’s College.
Sharon George has made it through to the next round and will be representing Sebastopol Lions Club and Phoenix P-12 Community College at the Zone Competition in a fortnight.
Sharon and Sacha encompass our school values and should be commended on their efforts. If you or your child are interested in taking part in this program, public speaking and/or debating, please contact the General Office.