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Lions Youth of the Year Quest

2018 Contestants ​Joshua, Nina and Liam

Centenary SHS is in the zone for leadership and public speaking!

On February 20th, our two School Captains, Nina and Joshua, along with Vice-Captain Liam, participated in the Jindalee Lions Club Youth of the Year Quest final, competing against each other and against students from a private school in our district.

The Lions Youth of the Year Quest is judged in two stages: firstly, entrants in the quest are required to attend a private interview with the panel of judges, during which they are judged on their leadership, sporting and/or cultural activities, citizenship and community involvement, academic record, general knowledge and personality.  The interviews took place on Saturday 17th February.  In the interview the students were asked questions about their involvement in school and the community, along with topics of local, national and international importance.

On the finals evening, students in the quest deliver a prepared speech of five minutes duration to the audience, as well as two short impromptu speeches.  They are given no time to prepare for their impromptu responses, which is an enormously challenging task.  The questions asked of the entrants on this occasion were: “What are your thoughts on banning students’ smart phones at school?” and “You are the Premier of Queensland.  Tell us how you are going to promote Queensland to blockbuster moviemakers.”   Our students did a fantastic job, responding to these questions with maturity, intelligence and humour.  Their prepared speeches were inspirational and entertaining.

Congratulations to our Centenary SHS entrants.  I am delighted to report that Joshua was the overall winner of this round and will proceed to the Zone final.  He also took out the public speaking prize.  I feel very proud to be their teacher and coach.  Thank you to Ms Hyndman and Mr Oberg for their support on the night.

School Captain Joshua
Zone and Public Speaking Winner