PROUD MOMENT: Caitlyn Donohue, third from left, and her family membes Pat, Adam and Cammi.
PROUD MOMENT: Caitlyn Donohue, third from left, and her family membes Pat, Adam and Cammi. Contributed

Caitlyn pipped in Youth of the Year State final

CAITLYN Donohoe participated in the Lions' Youth of the Year state finals on Saturday, April 14, in Rockhampton, representing the Central Queensland District Lions' clubs.

The format for the competition remains the same for each round.

Students are interviewed by the judges, present a five-minute prepared speech and respond to two impromptu questions where they need to speak for two minutes for each topic.

Competing against three other high-achieving Queensland students, from Helensvale on the Gold Coast up to Mutchilba in the Atherton Tableland, Caitlyn captivated the crowd.

The five judges had a tough job deciding the winner of the state final and public speaking award for 2018.

They chose Riley Clarke, from Padua College, Kedron.

He will represent Queensland at the national final in Townsville.

Although Caitlyn didn't win, she should be proud of her performance throughout the levels of the competition.

She is one of many Biloela State High School students in the past few years to reach the district level, and the second from the school to participate in the state final in the past two decades.

National Australia Bank head of media and partnerships Thomas Dobson believes the Lions' Youth of the Year is a fantastic opportunity.

"This program is a valuable investment in our country's future,” Mr Dobson said.

"NAB is very proud to be entering into the 22nd year of our partnership with the Lions' Youth of the Year Program. Our employees take part across metropolitan and regional Australia, getting the chance to not only show their appreciation to the leaders of tomorrow, but also genuinely connect with their local communities.”