On Saturday 23 June, Year 12 student Katherine Chicalas was one of six students who competed in the Lions Youth of the Year - District Final in Maleny. The other competitors came from Dalby, Brisbane and Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Katherine was interviewed by six judges on Saturday morning before returning in the evening to present two impromptu speeches and a prepared address. She also had to deliver a short impromptu speech introducing herself to over 100 people at the sit-down dinner.
Katherine spoke very well and was a credit to herself and the School. She was articulate and demonstrated leadership and citizenship. Each of the competitors from the other regional finals spoke well too. The judges spent an extraordinarily long time in arriving at their decision, indicating that the final result was extremely close. Katherine did not win on the night but we are all very proud of her achievements.
Katherine was supported by her mother and several members of the Lions Club of Toowoomba Wilsonton. Each year, the Lions do a wonderful job in supporting each student who represents them at Club, Regional, District, State and National finals. The YOTY is now in its fifty-fifth year and the endeavours of the Lions organisation to give young people a voice is truly commendable.
In related news, the Chair of the Judging Panel was Molly McInerney (Glennie Senior, 2012) who won the Youth of the Year National Final. She is completing studies in Law, Economics and Spanish at The University of Queensland. It was delightful to see and talk to her after the judging.
Other attendees at the dinner came and spoke to us about their connections to Glennie. It is always good to hear about the achievements of our Old Girls too.
Congratulations to Katherine Chicalas on her efforts in this competition.
Public Speaking Co-ordinator