On Tuesday evening 9 February, two wonderful Year 11 students, Banyette Bohman and Jackson Oliver, took part in the local level of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest. After first being interviewed separately by the judges, Andrew Fisher (Cowra Guardian), Lisa Robertson (Cowra Council) and Ellie Cummins (Quest sponsor, NAB) each then had to answer two impromptu questions in front of an audience of Lions members and guests. The contestants capably answered both questions which were, “Australian sportspeople are often called heroes. Do you feel this is the right title given the way some of them choose to behave?” and “Tell us how you would like Cowra to look in 10 years and how it may affect you. Do you see yourself being involved in this project?” Following dinner, each gave a five minute prepared speech on a topic of their choosing. These were thoughtfully prepared and delivered most proficiently. Banyette’s topic was the benefits of op shopping, while Jackson spoke about Facebook. Both students are to be congratulated on being excellent representatives of our school. Congratulations to Banyette who was named as the overall winner and to Jackson who received the separate Public Speaking award. Banyette will now proceed to the zone level of this competition.
While the judges were making their deliberations, those in attendance at the dinner were entertained by a Year 10 student, Olivia Perkins who gave an amusing speech about being left at home while her parents went to Italy. Cowra Lions Club greatly appreciates the contribution made to the Youth of the Year dinner by Year 10 speakers and hopes that Olivia will enter the quest as a contestant next year.