Speaking Out and Leading Change
Year 12 student, Jade Lin was declared winner of the regional round of the Lions Youth of the Year event, which was hosted at Woollahra on Sunday 4 March. She spoke purposefully in her impromptu questions, regarding issues surrounding 'schoolies' and 'questions for dinner guests' and followed up with her prepared speech, to improve Indigenous literacy standards. In her acceptance speech, Jade acknowledged the calibre and high standard of fellow candidates, from Sydney Boys' and Sydney Girls' High Schools. This is a great outcome for Jade, who is balancing leadership opportunities offered through the Lions Club, with the National Convention in Canberra and preparation for World Individual Public Speaking and Debating Championships, as well as being School Captain of Debating.
Additionally, Speech Captain, Stephanie Lee (Year 12) took out the Public Speaking award in her regional second round final, which was held the following weekend in Bankstown on Sunday 15 March. Stephanie handled difficult impromptu questions regarding the impact of social media on communication and perceived threats to the World with the rise of ‘Trump’ism. She impressed her audience with her excellent grasp of facts and figures in these complex topics. Her winning prepared speech dealt with her self-identity and the influence of culture and was presented with sincerity and warmth.
Both students have come through two rounds of the Lions Youth of the Year, representing Chatswood Branch (Jade) and Burwood (Stephanie). Jade now progresses to the District Final, which will be held in Hornsby on Saturday 25 March. This is the end of the Lions journey for Stephanie, who has learned valuable skills in interview technique and forged strong networking connections.
Image: Stephanie Lee (Year 12) took out the Public Speaking award in her regional second round final.