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Youth speak out

2013-02-28 12.44.44

From left to right – Katelyn Abbott, Megan Lock, Cody Milnes, Matthew Ballantyne, Georgia Pulliene-Laucerica, Kathleen Woods and Jordan Cory.

Millicent Lions and Lioness Clubs were recently host to seven young hopeful candidates for the Lions Youth of the Year Quest 2013 (LYOTYQ).

Millicent High School students Katelyn Abbott and Jordan Cory won this round of the quest and will go on to compete in the regional event in Beachport on March 9.

The aim of the Lions Youth of the Year is to encourage development, confidence, self-expression, citizenship, and leadership in young people. The youth must be under the age of 19 and must have the poise and personality and can take his or her place in any community and would be a fine ambassador for youth today, whether travelling within Australia or overseas.

This annual event is held in February each year.  The students were interviewed and asked 3 questions to see the extent of their knowledge regarding world and social issues. They were also judged on their academic, personality, sporting and cultural activities and leadership and community involvement.

On Tuesday night (February 19) at the Millicent Community Club, the Public Speaking section of the quest was held, the students delivered prepared speeches about a subject that they were interested in and also answered impromptu questions which were prepared by the judging panel.

Judges were locals Phil Golding, Julie Puddy and Rebekah Lowe, all agreed that it was a difficult deciding who should win, due to the diversity of the students.

Lions Youth of the Year winners Left - katelyn Abbott and far right Jordan Cory with Millicent Lions Club President John Shelton and Millicent Lioness President Judy Potter.

Lions Youth of the Year winners Left – Katelyn Abbott and far right Jordan Cory with Millicent Lions Club President John Shelton and Millicent Lioness President Judy Potter.

Millicent High School Year 11 student Katelyn Abbott’s speech topic was on the potential changes to obtaining a learners permit. Katelyn delivered a well thought out and researched speech. Katelyn will go on to represent the Millicent Lions Club. Katelyn also won the public speaking award.  Year 12 student Jordan Cory spoke about his Year 12 Research Project, exploring the history of his grandfather and uncle who served in World War One. Jordan will represent the Millicent Lioness Club. Jordan also competed in the LYOTYQ in 2012 and won the Public Speaking Award.

Candidates were Kathleen Woods, Megan Lock, Matthew Ballantyne, Cody Milnes and Georgia Pulliene-Laucerica, were all impressive.

  • Kathleen Woods – spoke about her involvement in Ovation Theatre Company
  • Megan Lock – spoke about her trip to Japan on student exchange
  • Matthew Ballantyne – spoke about living in a rural community
  • Cody Milnes – spoke about coaching basketball
  • Georgia Pulliene-Laucerica – spoke about the effects of music

Millicent Lions Club President, John Shelton, also Millicent High School Principle, expressed his pride in the students. The 80-strong crowd agreed.

Millicent Lions Club encourages students from Millicent High School and Millicent students who attend Tenison Woods College to enter into the awards in 2014.

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