Toolamba Lions Youth of the Year Coordinator, Andrea Pogue wrote to us to share the the result of the Youth of the Year competition held on Saturday 28 October 2017.
Lions Youth of the Year 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.
Lions Youth of the Year is a means of assisting Australia’s youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development.
Each contestant has a 30-minute interview with the judging panel so that they can get to know the contestants at a personal level and this part of the program carries a significant portion of the overall scores for the competition.
The second part of the program is a public speaking competition performed in front of an audience, including friends, family and guests, where the contestants answer two impromptu questions and deliver a 5-minute prepared speech on the topic of their choice.
This year’s Toolamba Lions Youth of the Year competition took place at Toolamba Primary School with two Year 11 students from McGuire College in Shepparton.
During their individual interviews on Saturday, the judges learned that both contestants came to Australia after spending time in refugee camps within their respective countries.
Nimi Jumapili relocated to Australia from the Congo in central Africa whilst Marwa Ahmed came from Darfur in Sudan.
Nimi and Marwa were also able to show off their individual personalities, citizenship qualities as well as their impressive resume of youth leadership program participation and the judges learned that both girls have received a number of awards for academic and sporting achievements.
Both Nimi and Marwa’s public speaking was impressive and the audience was captivated by the political & social topics they chose to speak about.
Nimi spoke about ‘Legalising Euthanasia’ whilst Marwa spoke about ‘Legalising Medicinal Marijuana’. It was a high quality competition and ended in a close finish with only 1 point separating the two contestants at the close of the day.
Marwa Ahmed won both the public speaking program and was the overall winner of the Youth of the Year club final for 2017. Marwa will go on to represent Toolamba Lions Club in the Zone finals early in 2018.
The judging panel was Neta Kirby from Sand Play Therapy; Simon Pogue from Dawes & Vary Riordan (both members of Tatura Rotary Club) and Lana Young from Goulburn Murray Water.