Top honours go to Maggie
JAMES Nash State High School captain Maggie McKeown has been named Gympie South Lions Club’s 2010 Lions Youth of the Year.
Maggie competed against fellow Year 12 James Nash student Ben Haylock, Victory College’s Kaarina Onvlee, Bronte Baldwin and James Morris of St Patrick’s College and Gympie State High School’s Kristy Reid and Kate Lee.
After a day of interviews during which they were judged on their general knowledge, academic, citizenship, cultural and sporting achievements, the seven students presented prepared and informal speeches to Gympie South Lions Club members and guests at a dinner meeting at the RSL Club.
In their prepared speeches, the students covered topics ranging from technology, justice, environmental vandalism and Australia’s attitude to refugees to advances in medicine and youth giving back to their community. The public speaking award went to James Morris for his entertaining speech titled “Modern life isn’t living, it’s existing”.
Maggie will now contest the district final to be held in Gympie on Saturday, March 13.