Region 3 Lions Youth of the Year finals at Taree

Lions winner: Winner: Regional Three chairman, Kevin Thornton congratulating Port Macquarie's Isobel Berryman on winning the Lions Youth of the Year.
Lions winner: Winner: Regional Three chairman, Kevin Thornton congratulating Port Macquarie's Isobel Berryman on winning the Lions Youth of the Year.

MacKillop Senior College student Isobel Berryman has taken out the Lions’ Regional Three Youth of the Year award.

Judging was held in Taree – and hosted by the local Lions club – on March 10.

Isobel will now compete at the district four in Gunnedah on March 24.

Chatham High’s Marylyn Sendah won the public speaking competition.

Two students from Taree and two from Port Macquarie were interviewed by three judges in the afternoon of the region final and took part in a public speaking competition at St Mary’s Hall, Taree in front of an audience of more than 60 in the evening.

Along with Isobel and Marylyn, Youssef Youssef from St Columba Anglican School and Sarah Hammond from Taree High School, impressed the judges and audience alike. All four showed a deep commitment to their studies, communities, schools, families and friends.

The most taxing part of the day for the candidates would have to be the two impromptu questions for each of which the students have two minutes to answer with no time to prepare their responses. On Saturday evening the students were asked

  • What is your definition of success and how can we achieve it?
  • Should politicians, actors, sporting stars and other public figures be allowed to set the standard for society or are they entitled to a private life?

Having survived this, the students were allowed to relax and enjoy their dinner before presenting their five minute prepared speeches.

All the speeches were excellent making the job of the judges very difficult indeed. Isobel spoke on “Happiness”, Sarah on “Dance”, Marylyn on “Advances in Communication Technology” and Youssef on “Justice”.

The overall winner, Isobel Berryman had been sponsored by Port Macquarie Club with Marylyn Sendah, sponsored by Manning River Lions.

At the District Final in Gunnedah Isolbel will compete against other students sponsored by Lions Clubs from the Queensland border in the north to Forster-Tuncurry in the south and west to Collarenebri.

A spokesman said Region Three Lions would have been proud to have had any of the candidates be its representative in Gunnedah. “We all wish Isobel all the best for the final and hope that she progresses to the State Final to be held in Bankstown during April.”

Winner: Regional Three chairman, Kevin Thornton congratulating Chatham High student, Marylyn Sendah on winning the public speaking section of the competition.

Winner: Regional Three chairman, Kevin Thornton congratulating Chatham High student, Marylyn Sendah on winning the public speaking section of the competition.