Currently, I am representing our school by competing in the Lions Youth of the Year Award program.
This is an initiative run by lions to help young people improve their public speaking skills. About a month ago, I competed in the local competition in Sunbury, where I won overall.
The competition involves first being interviewed by three judges to discuss in-school and out-of-school commitments and asked for your opinion on three questions: a local topic, a state topic, and an Australia-wide or international news topic. Then, in front of an audience, you have to answer two impromptu questions with no time to prepare (which can be quite daunting!). After that, you read a five-minute prepared speech on a topic that you are passionate about, my topic was 'the benefits of Guiding'.
Last weekend, I represented our school at the regional final in Bacchus Marsh where I also won overall. On March 30, I will be going to Maryborough to compete in the district final for central northern Victoria. If I am lucky enough to win that, I would compete against students from across Victoria. The winner of this competition wins a trip to New Zealand, which would be an amazing experience!
Participating in this program has made me feel proud to represent our school, and it has helped me develop my public speaking skills and become more confident. I’ve also learnt a lot about the Lions clubs and all the wonderful things that they do!
I strongly recommend any student who meets the criteria to think about applying for this; it can really help with your confidence and public speaking skills, it looks great on a resume, and it gives you some insight into what interviews for jobs would be like. You may as well have a go - it doesn’t matter if you don’t do great because it’s the experience that counts, and it’s also a lot of fun! Even though I was a bit nervous when I applied, I’m so glad I did and I certainly don’t regret it!
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