WINNING SMILE: Winner of the Regional Lions Youth of the Year Quest Giselle Newton from Lismore High School with regional operations manager of NAB Mark Simpson.
WINNING SMILE: Winner of the Regional Lions Youth of the Year Quest Giselle Newton from Lismore High School with regional operations manager of NAB Mark Simpson.

Lions Youth of the Year Quest

IT WAS a meeting of the masterminds at Tweed Heads Bowls Club on Saturday night when the best of the region's youth came together for the regional final of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.

Tweed Heads entrants, Louis Monaghan from St Joseph's College and Shanalee Hayer from Wollumbin High School put in a sterling efforts with their speeches on "Organs-Gift or Commodity" and "Democracy."

But it was a Lismore student who took out top prize on the night.

Giselle Newton represented Lismore High School with her speech, "The Importance of Language."

President of the Lions Club of Terranora Lakes, Peter Maroney said he was "greatly impressed" by the standard of the speeches.

"There tends to be a lot of negativity in regard to today's youth," he said.

"But these students are tremendous examples of their age group.

"They are the proof that the quality is there.

"These fine young citizens are our future.

"Not only are they impressive speakers, but they carry themselves with pride and dignity."

Other topics of discussion were "The Pressures that Today's Youth Face and their Effect on their Development," "Generation Y and Technology and "Preventable Disease in Third World Countries."

The District Youth of the Year Final will be held at Wynnum Manly Leagues Club on March 24.



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