Young citizens in the making

8 April 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Young citizens in the making|

LOCAL youth are thrusting their achievements and skills into the national spotlight by participating in the Lions Club Youth of the Year competition.

The prestigious event, open to students between the ages of 16 and 18, encourages, fosters and develops leadership in conjunction with other citizenship qualities.

Among the ranks of past entrants are former Prime Minister Keven Rudd and Tasmania’s own Rhodes Scholar Jessica Melbourne-Thomas.

Local entrants Margot Henry, Thomas Rive and Angus Christie displayed their character and aptitude before a panel of judges comprising Don McCrae, of the Salvation Army, Bec Thomas, Deputy Mayor of the Glenorchy City Council, and Josh Willie MLC, Member for Elwick.

The contestants answered a range of impromptu questions covering current affairs, ethics and citizenship-related themes.

“It’s important that we celebrate a Tasmania where young people are actively engaged in our community and are provided with the opportunity to develop their potential,” Mr Willie said.

“I was honoured to be invited to judge and was so impressed with Margot, Thomas and Angus.”

Thomas, of the Friends School, was selected to represent the City of Glenorchy at the next stage of the competition.

“Thomas was engaging and eloquent in his opinions and passions,” Lions district governor David Triffett said.

“On behalf of the Lions Club of Glenorchy City, we wish Thomas well at the regional competition.

“We know he will do our community proud.”

Caption: From left, Glenorchy Deputy Mayor Bec Thomas, Member for Elwick Josh Willie, Margot Henry from St Mary’s College, Tom Rive from Friends School, Angus Christie from Hutchins School and Don MacCrae from the Salvation Army.

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