By Gordon West

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The Bribie Island Lions Club hosted the Regional Final of Lions Youth of The Year Program at Bribie Island on Sunday 10th, March. The five finalists, Alexis Thomas from The Bribie Island State High School sponsored by Bribie Island Lions Club, Amber Muller from Saint Columban College sponsored by Sandstone Point Lions, Bronte Aranovitch from Saint Columban College sponsored by Morayfield Lions, Rebekah Pierce from Pacific Lutheran College sponsored by Caloundra Lions Club and Tally McKay Brown from Maleny State High School sponsored by Maleny Lions Club were great ambassadors and inspiration of today’s youth.

The contest consisted of interviews on achievements at school, general knowledge, community affairs, and self-respect. The public speaking section involved a prepared speech of their own choice of five minutes duration and responses to two impromptu questions of two minutes.

The contest was divided into two winning sections, public speaking section and the overall winner The public speaking winner was Alexis Thomas from Bribie Island and the overall winner was Tally McKay Brown from Maleny. Tally will go on to the District final to be held this year on Saturday 23rd, March at Maleny.

The program was first staged by Lions by The City of Brisbane Lions in 1964 and went to a National project in 1966. The program starts at Club level then Regional, District, State then National. This year the National final will be held in May at Lions National Convention in Geelong Victoria.

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