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Students progress to regional round of Lions Youth of the Year

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Congratulations to Jade Lin (Year 12) and Stephanie Lee (Year 12) who have made it through to the next round of Lions Youth of the Year.

As part of the selection process, Jade and Stephanie were interviewed by panels comprising of local business and community leaders. Local member for Strathfield, Jodi McKay was a key member of the Burwood Lions Club adjudication panel. Both students were posed challenging impromptu questions on matters of economy, media influence and social issues. They rounded off the evening with engaging and thought-provoking speeches. 

Jade was declared branch winner of Chatswood Lions Club on 14 February 2017. Her speech, entitled ‘Open the Book to Close the Gap’, centred around the importance of access to reading and relevance of material in improving Indigenous literacy standards. Amongst a strong field of competition, Jade has proven herself to be a true all-rounder, demonstrating leadership in many areas. Jade progresses to the northern zone regional round to be held 15 March 2017.

Further leadership success and speaking prowess was displayed by Stephanie, PLC Sydney’s Speaking Captain, who was declared branch winner of Burwood Lions Club on 20 February 2017. Stephanie spoke about ‘Food for Thought’, highlighting the embracement of multiculturalism and the importance of food in shaping her self-identity. Stephanie also progresses to the next regional round to be hosted in Bankstown 12 March 2017. 

Jade reports that ‘the interview process was thought provoking with questions about modern leadership in international politics; possible improvements to the Australian schooling systems; and visions for the future. The judges were leaders in finance and business, as well as an ex-SBS correspondent, providing valuable insight into leadership in service. Additionally, I was able to compile a CV that summarised my achievements, accreditations and skills. This will be extremely valuable, as I approach the end of schooling, for university scholarship applications as well as gaining employment. The impromptu speeches were equally as challenging, with a question posed and a two minute response speech immediately following - it really was an experience of being put on the spot, thinking on your feet, being innovative, yet manage to synthesise ideas coherently and cohesively.’

Image (left): Jade Lin (Year 12) with Chatswood Lions executives, Samuel Chu and David Toh.
Image (right): Stephanie Lee with Burwood Lions executives.