Youth vie for Lions accolade

EAST Ballina Lions Club will be holding its annual Youth of the Year competition on Saturday.

Youth of the Year is a Lions project in which students in Years 11 and 12 from local schools compete in such areas as academic, sporting, community, cultural activities and overall general knowledge.

The candidates present themselves for an interview with a judging panel and the students are also required to respond to two impromptu questions and present a five-minute prepared speech to an audience.

The competition is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership and citizenship qualities in our youth, at an age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education.

The overall winner of the competition will proceed to the next round of judging, representing East Ballina Lions Club and their school, which will be held in Alstonville.

The eventual national winner wins an international tour while all state champions receive an organised group tour of Australia for 35 days plus a scholarship to further advance their studies.

This is the 52nd year of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest which is one of the highlights on the Lion's calendar, and for the Lions it has been a pleasure to present high-quality students to the judging panels over the years.

Lions Youth Of The Year competition

When: Saturday, February 27 at 2.30pm

Where: Southern Cross School K-12 Primary School Hall.

Entry: Entry to the event is free. Light refreshments will be served.