LOCAL youths step up to be counted as community leaders
REPRESENTATIVE BATTLE: Jackson Barton, Sophie Sievert-Kloster and Austin Wenke all from Saint Andrew's Anglican College. Gail Forrer
AMONG the youth of this generation there are those who display the leadership, conviction and smarts that give hope for a better world.
February is the month when students across Australia have put up their hand to join the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.
Across the country and in the Greater Noosa area, including the Peregian and Tewantin Noosa Lions clubs, these students take the chance to speak up about their dreams and their achievements. They also muster the courage and confidence to stand up before what is usually an unknown audience and give an impromptu speech.
Earlier this month, I participated as a judge along with Ollie Steele (CEO Noosa Hospital) and Clinton McIvor (National Australia Bank) in the Lions Club of Peregian annual competition.
Austin Wenke, Jackson Barton and Sophie Sievert-Kloster, all from Saint Andrew's Anglican College, battled to be selected as the Peregian representative in the zone final.
They were all amazing but finally Austin Wenke, following in his older sister's footprints, was announced as winner.
The Tewantin Noosa Lions Club Youth of the Year quest winner was Gabriella Barnett, of Saint Teresa's Catholic College.
The zone judging will be held at Coolum on Saturday.
LIONS YOUTH AIMS
The Lions Club Youth of the Year quest winners require a high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement.
The quest is open to all youths who are engaged in secondary education and are over 15 and under 19.
Youth of the Year is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community.
Visit lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/ or contact Tewantin Noosa Lions Club president Chris Pullin on 5449 0333