St John Fisher College Captain, Rahema MacDonald performed with distinction at the Zone final of Young Lion Youth of the Year competition this week. She placed third to Craigslea State High (2nd) and Brisbane Grammar (1st).
Youth of the Year is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and the qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community. A high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizenship achievement is sought in its potential winners.
Frank Rose of Bramble Bay Lions Club spoke on behalf of his club when he said; “We are very appreciative of the work put in by Rahema and the support from her family as well as St John Fisher College and would like to thank all concerned."
“The top 3 contestants all scored in the 80s out of 100 so the competition was quite fierce but friendly and I am sure the members of all the Clubs involved could not help but be impressed with the calibre of the contestants, I know I was," commented Frank.
Rahema said she felt elated and proud to have placed third amongst very tough competition.
“It was an unforgettable experience and I have learnt a lot from the process," Rahema said.
“It not only allowed me to enhance my personal leadership skills and approaches to challenging situations, but it also gave me the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing, youth leaders in our Greater Brisbane region."
“It left me feeling more confident in myself and determined to create a lasting impact on our community for the better."
“I'm incredibly grateful to the Lions Foundation and my schools' leadership team for providing me with such an amazing opportunity and experience."
St John Fisher College Principal, Ms Cathy Galvin said Rahema is an outstanding leader, exemplifying what it is to be a St John Fisher girl.
“We are very proud of the effort Rahema put into the Young Lion of the Year competition and her achievements reflect this," said Ms Galvin.