AN outstanding presentation has helped Mt Eliza Secondary College captain Ikeylia Cowan win the regional Lions Youth of the Year quest, held at Mt Martha.
Ikeylia, sponsored by Mt Eliza Lions Club, was one of six secondary school students to represent Lions clubs from Dromana, Frankston, Mornington, Mt Martha, and Rye.
She now advances to the district competition on Sunday 20 March at Trafalgar.
The judges assessed each student’s leadership abilities, along with community and school activities and academic performance. Each presented a five-minute speech and answered two impromptu questions.
Mt Eliza Club president Neil Wingrave said Ikeylia’s presentation demonstrated confidence and a strong belief in her subject. “She was assertive in her answers to the impromptu questions and thinks very well on her feet. All of our club members wish her well.”
The Youth of the Year quest aims to encourage, foster and develop leadership as well as other citizenship qualities in young people. Qualities sought after, apart from academic attainments, are leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship.
The club meets at the Tanti Hotel on the third Tuesday of each month. Anyone interested in attending can call Neil Wingrave, 0428 362 755.
The Youth of the Year contest begins in June/July and culminates with the announcement of winners at the Multiple District Convention in May.