We were very privileged to have our four school captains, Yazmin Hayes, Emma Palmer, Ben Atley and Emma Palmer represent our College at the 2020 Rochester Lions Club Lions Youth of the Year Competition. Our students submitted written applications and were interviewed by a panel of judges, contestants were scored based on the following categories: Initiatives taken at school, activities and involvement outside of school, school academic achievements, academic and general knowledge and presentation during the interview.
Students then participated in the public speaking section in front of a gathering of Rochester Lions Club members, family and guests. Students were required to answer to impromptu questions “How could you survive without social media for a day?” and “How is the older generation failing the younger generation?” All the students were able to reply with well thought out articulate responses to the questions.
Each student then presented a five minute prepared speech, Ben spoke about the volunteer fire fighters and argued there work deserved monetary compensation, Emma spoke about Mental Health concerns in the younger generation and the impact of social media, Charlie spoke about his love for the community of Colbinabbin and what sets it aside from other small communities and Yazmin spoke about the increasing issue of obesity and presented some frightening statistics that are significantly different for regional areas compared to metropolitan areas.
Ben Atley was declared winner of the Public Speaking section and Yazmin Hayes was declared the overall winner of the 2020 Lions Youth of the Year. The judges pointed out how close the decision was for all four contestants and made many comments about the outstanding qualities of the four contestants. Yazmin now progresses to the Regional Finals in Echuca on the 22nd of March.