IT WAS a roaring success for Blackwater and Bluff Lions clubs at the regional judging of the Lions National Australia Bank Youth of the Year Quest.
Competition was tough with five great contestants stepping up to compete for the top spot at the Emerald Town Hall.
Marist College student Isobel Morris represented the Springsure Lions Club, with a prepared speech on Community Spirit: Is That All We Are Made Of?
Emerald State High School student Brittany New represented Emerald Lions Club, giving a speech on Regional Hospitals, while Marist College student Jessica Robertson represented Blackwater Lioness Club with her speech A Selfish Society.
Blackwater State High School student Amy Dowie, a Blackwater Lion, wowed the judges with her speech on Drink Driving, taking home the Public Speaking award for her efforts.
The overall winner was Blackwater State High School student and Bluff Lion, Blake Vesey, who spoke about Youth Bi-Polar.
Head judge for the evening was Emerald Christian College principal Graeme Johnston.
Other judges were Central Queensland Rural Division of General Practice social worker Rebekah Burns, Central Highlands Regional Council youth development officer Sherie McDonald, Emerald Health Care Medical Practice nurse Anne-Maree McLean and National Central Highlands Region senior business manager John Gauld.
Blake will now go to the district judging at Mooloolaba on March 12.
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