SCHOOLMATES CELEBRATE: Chloe Dadd, Kyle Hasler, Darcy Forrester, Ava Del Tufo, Kody Geraghty, Brittany Walker and Bethany Nielsen.AVA Del Tufo is this year’s Lions Club Youth of the Year Quest club level winner.
Ava and another Ulladulla High student Kody Geraghty completed a double as Ulladulla Milton Lions’ winner and runner-up.
Ava, in year 10 at Ulladulla High School has a clear idea where she wants to go and already has an impressive track record in community service and citizenship that suggest she will get there.
She started a buddy, mentoring and leadership program within Mollymook Surf Club called Big Fish Little Fish in March 2014 to help young and older members communicate and get to know each other better.
In the last five years in her spare time Ava has raised $30 thousand for the Cancer Council.
The 16-year-old is not getting ahead of herself about her aspirations.
“One step at a time, now I’m working towards my HSC and then hope to study medicine at the University of NSW,” she said.
Ava’s other inspirations are former year 12 student and prefect Rose Pierce, undergraduate Joanna Taplin who is studying to be a teacher, her high school teachers and her mum Nicola Woodford.
Ava congratulated Kody, 17, in year 11 for her “stiff competition” and thanked the Lions Club for “such an amazing opportunity”.
Reciprocating, the club congratulated both for their efforts.
Ava and Kody each faced 10 minute interviews, gave two impromptu speeches plus a five minute prepared speech.
Ava spoke about the power of family in her five minutes.
The youth quest selects an outstanding young individual after club, regional, state and finally national level competitions to be an Australian ambassador, to travel overseas under the auspices of Lions International.
It helps secondary school students develop leadership and citizenship qualities, and key skills at a time when they are preparing to enter the workforce, higher education or other endeavours.
The pair approach their study techniques and their social communications similarly.
In the learning process, noting world paper consumption has hugely increased, not decreased, they like a combination of pen and paper and technology.
“It depends on the task,” Ava told the Times but both think one day the planet could be paper free.
“To remember things I like to write but I prefer technology if it’s something instinctive,” Kody said.
“Social media is a guilty pleasure that occasionally distracts me from study.”
But Kody mainly confines her techno fun to private time and if it’s a choice between that or another leisure activity, she prefers exercise.
“I don’t use much social media – Facebook and that’s about it,” Ava said.
The national winner of the quest will be decided next May.
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