St. Mary’s College student Lewis Donaldson took out the double at the regional Lions Youth of the Year quest at Narrabri RSL Club on Saturday, winning the public speaking contest and taking the prize for overall winner.

Supported by Gunnedah Lions Club President Nev Steele and Lions Youth of the Year chair, Nev Adams, together with his parents Mark and Susan and twin brother Thomas Donaldson, Lewis competed against other club level winners from Boggabri and Wee Waa. 

“The students all performed extremely well and the judges said it was a little difficult choosing the two winners on the night,” Lion Nev Adams said.

“I don’t ever remember having a competition with all male entrants – female yes.”

Lewis Donaldson’s performance in the public speaking section was outstanding for his two two-minute impromptu questions and his five-minute prepared speech titled The Benefits of Learning a Second Language.

The nail-biting impromptu questions drew some thought-provoking answers from the entrants when asked: “If you could have three people today alive or dead to dinner who would it be and why:” and “What is the most magnificent thing in the world”.

“Our Lions Club members were honoured to have Lewis represent their club in this quest and will be accompanying him to the district level at Urunga on Saturday,  March 11,” Nev Steele said. 

“Seventy per cent of the judging was carried out in an afternoon session on Saturday, which was split into around six or seven categories and 30 per cent was held at an evening session with their impromptu questions and prepared speeches on Saturday night.

“Lewis is a perfect example of a young man who presents well, has knowledge, ability and integrity and is a fine example of the up-and-coming youth of today.

“Well done Mum and Dad, you have done a great job.”

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