Amy Langdon’s passionate speech about the effects of transphobia has won her a place in the state final search for the next Lions Youth of the Year title.
Achievements: the five district finalists on stage. Annie Simpson, left, Vinuri Gange, Rickylee Peita, Amy Langdon and Sophie Healy.
“Amy spoke with clarity,intelligence and composure,speaking on behalf of a disadvantaged group, and shininga light on this evolving issue,”district judge and Port Pirie CouncillorAlan Zubrinich said.
Her speech also earnedher the Public Speaking Award for the day.
Standing in front a auditorium with an audience of hundreds, Amy declared “there is no wrong way to be a human.”
The five district finalists competing wereVinuri Gange from Port Augusta, Sophie Healy from Clare, Amy Langdon from Balaklava, Rickylee Peita from Elizabeth and Annie Simpson from Glenside.
The district final washeld in Port Pirie, with Councillor Alan Zubrinich, NAB Specialised Banking Manager Daniel Lauder, Flinders News’ journalistSarah Maunder and ABC North and West Regional Content Manager Petria Ladgrove acting as the impartial local judges.
On the day the girlsendured a 30 minute intense interview with the judges, giving them a chance to highlight their academic achievements, community involvement and future dreams.
Following the interviews, each girl was asked the same twoimpromptu questions in front of the judging panel and the audience, testing their general knowledge and ability to form arguments on the spot.
They were then given five minutes to perform their prepared speeches, which ranged from Amy’s transphobia discussion, to a personal speech about family by Rickylee.
The annual Youth of the Yearcompetition is held by Lions Clubs all around the country, with potential winners needing to display a high level of academic, leadership, sporting, public speaking and citizen achievement.
The district finalist winners were Rickylee Peita, Amy Langdon and Annie Simpson.
The three high school students will go on to compete in the state final on April 16 next year at the Clare Country Club.
The Lions Youth of the Year will be selected on May 16 in Echuca, Victoria.
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