On 22nd February 2021, St John Fisher College Vice Captain Caitlyn Douglas and College Captain Holly Megaw competed in the Lions Youth of the Year competition in the Bramble Bay chapter.
"Lions Youth of the Year is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provides students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens."
The competition involved a 30-minute interview which accounted for 70% of their total score with two impromptu questions. One question posed the advantages and disadvantages of COVID19 restrictions and the other asked the girls to address the issue of youth crime followed by a five-minute speech on a topic of their choosing.
St John Fisher College Principal Cathy Galvin was proud to report that both girls performed exceptionally well with Holly receiving the public speaking award and Caitlyn taking out overall winner.
College Vice Caitlyn Douglas then went on to represent Bramble Bay and her school at the Zones competition at Bracken Ridge Library on Saturday 6th March, once again taking out overall winner and best public speaker. A force to be reckoned with, she progressed to regionals on Sunday 14th March, where Caitlyn was again named overall winner. She then travelled to Pittsworth Toowoomba to compete in the district finals where her title remains undefeated.
Caitlyn spoke of her experience saying, “The Lions Youth of the Year Competition was a fantastic opportunity to further develop my leadership and public speaking skills".
“As a student, it provided me with a voice to feel heard and worthy in today's complex society."
College Captain, Holly Megaw spoke of her experience and the Lions program saying; “The Youth Lion of the Year process revealed just how much our local community wants to develop the skills of future generations."
“By engaging in this experience, I have learnt lifelong skills which I will be able to implement in future school presentations, speeches, and in the workforce.
“I am forever grateful for the time and commitment shown by the Lions community to ensure the running of this event for students."
Caitlyn will now compete in the State Finals in Brisbane on 16th and 17th April.