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Lion's Youth of the Year

Noosa District State High School senior students Kalen Anderson, Rebecca Bright, Chandler Kamradt and Mitchell Thomas took on the prestigious Lions Youth of the Year public speaking competition at the Pomona Lions Club.

The Lions Youth of the Year is in its 50th year of national judging and this national competition provided a platform for the NDSHS seniors to show their talent as well as learning more about themselves through the handling of nerves in unfamiliar situations.

The impromptu questions, including: "who do you admire the most and why?" and "Queensland driving laws allow 17 year olds to gain their licence – in view of the alarming road accident statistics, discuss the appropriateness of this age," were answered in two minutes each.

The NDSHS students didn’t falter or stumble and they spoke clearly, articulately and with interest for the audience, with their responses spiced with some humour.
Prepared 5 minute speeches, delivered by the students, were equally impressive, with thoughtful and insightful views on a range of challenging themes, including the joy of flying; self-image of teenagers; how humanitarian service in Cambodia can be a life changing experience; and how adopting an optimistic and cheerful view of life events can assist with personal health.

NDSHS Principal Chris Roff, Senior School Deputy Stacey Daveson, Year 10 Deputy Renee Rackley and Head of Humanities Lisa Fowler thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

"It was obvious that great thought and practise had gone into each speech," Principal Mr Roff said.

The winner, by a very tight margin in the public speaking category was Kalen Anderson, who spoke with passion and professionalism.

The overall winner of the Lions Youth of the Year, and going on to the zone final held Saturday 25 February 2017, is Rebecca Bright.

"The students did themselves, their families and their school proud indeed," Mr Roff said.