On Saturday 13 February, Mount Gravatt High School Leaders, Yameen Khan and Rashid Kazi, participated in the annual Lions Youth of the Year Competition. This is a prestigious event for young people, which boasts many high-profile Australians among the ranks of former entrants include a former Prime Minister, a past Premier of Queensland and senators. The program, which is now in its 57th year, is an unequalled opportunity for young people to experience an interview situation and an opportunity to practice their public speaking skills.
The qualities sought from contestants are leadership, personality, sportsmanship, academic attainment and public speaking skills. Each student had a 40-minute interview with a panel of judges and then spoke for two minutes on two impromptu topics. Participants also delivered a 5-minute speech on a topic of their choice.
We would like to congratulate both Yameen and Rashid for their willingness and enthusiasm in representing Mount Gravatt High as they joined other students from across the region, including students form Holland Park High and Cavendish High, to test their public speaking skills.
The winner of this year's Lions Youth of the Year competition is Mount Gravatt High student Rashid Kazi – the topic of his prepared speech was 'Shark Culling'. Rashid now goes on to the next level of the competition. We wish him all the best.