Keith Lions Youth of the Year winners announced

Four students from Keith Area School showed maturity well beyond their years at the Keith Lions Youth of the Year Club final on February 27.

The Youth of the Year program has been supporting and promoting young Australians for over 50 years and is totally reliant on the input and support from individual Lions clubs and schools.

Students Kheeli Harris, Jessica Mewett, Jasmine Rayson and Caitlin Sigston discussed positivity, nurses at war, child trafficking and illegal drugs during a thought-provoking display of public speaking.

The evening of public speaking followed an intense day of judging where a panel of three judges - Anna Young, Gordon Stopp and Tess Rohan - tested the participants' general knowledge, community participation, academic and sporting achievement.

The Keith Lions Youth of the Year quest aims to encourage student interest in leadership and the ultimate winner of the quest will go on to represent Australia as an international ambassador for Lions.

Kheeli Harris was announced as this year’s overall winner, speaking about how everyone has a connection with positivity, but it is up to the individual to define their own meaning of positivity.

Kheeli's success means she will now go on to represent the Keith Lions Club at the district final on March 30.

This year the Public Speaking award was won by Jessica Mewett, who highlighted the sacrifice that many of our nurses have made through the years on many theatres of war.

She related the amazing story of nurse Vivienne Bullwinkle, who survived the horrors of imprisonment for many years in WWII.

Chair of the judging panel, Anna Young, had nothing but praise for the participants, saying how it was extremely difficult to choose a winner.

"They were confident, well researched and a credit to their parents," Mrs Young said.

Lions president Mick Aitken said the night was a huge success and thanked the Keith Area School’s Tanya Allen for working so hard with the students and the club to make the event happen.

The dinner was attended by 45 Lions members, parents and school staff.