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Proserpine Youth of the Year Wins Zonal Crown

Scarlett Foti, the Proserpine Lions Club Youth of the Year 2023, continued her winning ways at the ‘Zone Final’ of the organisation’s annual program in Home Hill last weekend.

The Proserpine State High School student was awarded the Zone Youth of the Year at Home Hill Lions Club on Saturday, March 4, as Lions Club members from Whitsunday, Proserpine, Collinsville, and Bowen watched on.

The annual Lions Australia Program invites 16- to 17-year-old students to test their public speaking and interview skills in front of a crowd and panel of judges.

Contestants representing each of the Zone’s Lions Clubs were asked two impromptu questions and were given two minutes to respond. The first: Assuming Aliens exist, how would you explain earth and humans to a visitor? The other: If you could invite any guest speaker living or dead, who would it be and why?

After answering these questions, the students were then allowed to give a pre-prepared speech with a time limit of five minutes.

Proserpine Lions Club member Horace Lowbridge said all contestants were excellent and “are a credit to their schools.”

Ms Foti will now represent the Proserpine Lions Club in the District Final in Townsville on Saturday, March 18 of this year.

Lions Club Youth of the Year 2023 Winners across the district zones: Teagan Rodriguez, Whitsunday; Hannah Moore, Bowen; Zone YOTY winner and Public Speaking Award winner Scarlett Foti, Proserpine; Rilee Mackie, Collinsville; and Martina Bojack, Home Hill

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