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Lions' Youth of the Year


​The Lions’ Youth of the Year Quest is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens. The qualities sought, apart from academic attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship.

This year the Burdekin branch of Lions held their quest on Monday 22 February. Six year 12 students from Home Hill SHS participated, including Savannah Cannavan, Dana Falco, Andi Gelling, Patrick Ryan, Sam Marano and Mikaylah Wall.

Throughout the day of competition, each senior student was interviewed by a panel of community representatives at the high school, before delivering a prepared speech and two impromptu speeches in the evening at The Crown Hotel - Home Hill.  Prepared speeches included topics such as ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ and ‘Detours’. The judges were most impressed by the entrants, commenting that, each entrant had his/her own set of strengths.  

Sam Marano was declared Lions’ Youth of the Year for 2016, as well as the winner of the Public Speaking category.  Sam will now progress to the next round, where he will compete at the district level of the competition. An amazing achievement.