Year 12 Students Win Two Awards at Lions Youth of the Year Event

Latest News, Monday, 01 Mar 2021

Year 12 students Abou Kamara, Mary Chol, Baraka Ruhirika and David John represented St James College as they competed in the annual Lions International Youth of the Year competition at Clubs in Ipswich and The Gap recently.

The overall winner at the Ipswich Club was Abou Kamara while Mary Chol received the award for excellence in Public Speaking.

Abou Kamra will progress in the competition to compete in the Regional Final in the coming weeks with the opportunity to progress to the district, state and national finals.

As part of the competition and judging process, students sit through a formal interview with a panel of judges, present a prepared speech and are challenged to answer impromptu questions about current affairs.

St James College Principal Ann Rebgetz attended the Ipswich event and proudly shared: “the students were so impressive and tremendous ambassadors for the College.”

Lions Youth of the Year is a public speaking competition for young people between the ages of 16 and 18 currently in its 55th year. Former entrants include past Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd; past premier of Queensland; Peter Beattie, the ABC’s Sabra Lane and Senator Simon Birmingham.

Pictured are St James College Year 12 students L-R: Abou Kamara, Mary Chol and  Baraka Ruhirika.