WISE WORDS: Front: Lion's Youth of the Year regional public speaking winner Amelia Gane, and overall regional winner Danielle Leggett. Back: Judges Jenny Wood, Matthew Burke, and Andrew Fendley.
WISE WORDS: Front: Lion's Youth of the Year regional public speaking winner Amelia Gane, and overall regional winner Danielle Leggett. Back: Judges Jenny Wood, Matthew Burke, and Andrew Fendley. Brooke Duncan

Western Downs students impress at awards

TWO young women have emerged victorious from the Lions Youth of the Year regional finals in Chinchilla last weekend.

Six students, two each from Dalby, Chinchilla, and Roma, were put through their paces, answering questions on domestic and international affairs, participating in interviews, and giving prepared speeches.

Youth of the Year chairperson Melissa Hoffensetz said it was the next level up from the local club finals, with the overall winner moving on to the district finals.

Roma's Amelia Gane from St Johns Catholic School won the public speaking award, and explained the range of questions she and the other entrants had to answer.

"We got asked about the oil and mining, and the down turn of that, that was for the local one, the state one was the commonwealth games, the national one was 'what are the benefits of foreign ownership over Australian resources', and the international one was on cyber security,” Amelia said.

Overall winner Danielle Leggett, from Dalby State High, said it was a surprise to win.

"It's amazing, I was not expecting to win at all cause everyone is so good,” Danielle said.

"It's been a great opportunity to meet new people and have an interview and do all these speeches.”

Miss Hoffensetz said it was wonderful to see the "very high standard” of talent youth in the region possess.

"You even notice with your own entrants at club level the improvement that they make as they keep... going up,” she said.

Danielle said she's looking forward to the District stage of the competition.

"I'll give it my best shot there and see what happens,” she said.

"(The competition has) definitely helped me for the future, with job interviews.”

Miss Hoffensetz agreed.

"There's never a loser,” she said.


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