by Brooke Duncan
TWO young women have emerged victorious from the Lions Youth of the Year regional finals in Chinchilla last weekend, including our own Danielle Leggett.
Six students - two each from Dalby, Chinchilla, and Roma - were put through their paces, answering questions on domestic and international affairs, participating in interviews, and giving prepared speeches.
Roma girl Amelia Gane, from St John's Catholic School, won the public speaking award, and explained the range of questions she and the other entrants had to answer.
"We got asked about the oil and mining, and the downturn of that, that was for the local one, the state one was the commonwealth games, the national one was 'what are the benefits of foreign ownership over Australian resources', and the international one was on cyber security,” Amelia said.
Overall winner Danielle Leggett, from Dalby State High, said it was a surprise to win.
"It's amazing, I was not expecting to win at all because everyone was so good,” Danielle said.
"It's been a great opportunity to meet new people and have an interview and do all these speeches.”
Miss Hoffensetz said it was wonderful to see the "very high standard” of talent youth in the region possessed.
"You even notice with your own entrants at club level the improvement they make as they keep... going up,” she said.
Danielle said she looked forward to the district stage of the competition.
"I'll give it my best shot there and see what happens,” she said.
"(The competition has) definitely helped me for the future, with job interviews.”
Miss Hoffensetz agreed.
"There's never a loser,” she said.
Danielle will now travel to the Ashgrove-The Gap Lions Club in Brisbane on March 24 for the district final.