Moree Secondary College student Christopher Sim has been named the 2018 Moree Lions Youth of the Year, after impressing the judges with a very successful interview and thought-provoking speech.
The year 11 student was one of four high-quality candidates vying for this year’s title at Moree Lions Club’s annual Lions Youth of the Year dinner, held on Thursday, November 1.
Fellow Moree Secondary College students Alliyah Davison (year 11) and Grace Carter (year 10), as well as St Philomena’s year 10 student Oscar Davis also entered the competition.
“They all spoke very, very well in their prepared speeches and again when answering the two impromptu questions,” Moree Lions Youth of the Year chairperson Jo Horton said.
“They were all quite entertaining which was excellent.”
The competition consists of an interview with the three judges – instructional leader at Moree East Public School Nicole Humphries, Telisha Lysaught from the National Australia Bank and local businessman Clifford Horton – a prepared speech on a topic of the students’ own choice, and two impromptu questions – ‘What would you do if you received $5 million?’ and ‘Who is your role model and why?’
Ms Horton said while all four competitors gave very high quality speeches, Christopher particularly shone in his interview with the judges.
“He interviewed very well,” she said.
“During his speech, Chris spoke about the various passions you have in your life ... it was a very thought-provoking speech.”
Sponsored by the National Australia Bank and supported by Moree Lions Club, the Lions Youth of the Year competition is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in young people aged 15 to 19 about to enter the fields of employment or higher education.
Ms Horton said the students gain valuable life skills, particularly the confidence to speak in public and interview, putting them in good stead for the future.
“These students will go on to interview for a range of jobs and university, so this gives them the opportunity in a reasonably relaxed setting where you’ve got a panel of three judges asking them a myriad of questions,” she said.
“It’s a valuable tool for students to go through and holds them in good stead for the next time they have to be interviewed.
“It is an awesome program and I would recommend it to anyone to pursue entering this particular program in the coming years.”
Christopher will now go on to represent Moree in the zone level in March next year.