On Tuesday the 24th of February Georgia Harris competed in the Lions Club Youth of The Year competition at Rich River. Georgia was the representative for Echuca College and was competing against girls from St Joseph’s, Moama Grammar and River City Christian College. The event began with an interview with the three competition judges on the Sunday before- hand. During this Georgia was asked a series of questions regarding academic achievement, sporting commitments, community involvement, leadership and local issues. From this the judges awarded a score out of 80 which then carried over to the speaking portion of the competition. On Tuesday, Georgia, along with the other contestants, delivered two impromptu speeches, each going for two minutes and one prepared speech which had a five minute time requirement. Georgia chose to speak about the media’s portrayal of Islam which is a topic she is extremely passionate about. Georgia used this opportunity to give the audience an insight into the brutal world of Australian media and break down of prejudices against people of Islamic faith.


Georgia’s speech was excellent and her responses to the impromptu questions were very well thought out and considered. Georgia was awarded Lions Club Youth of the Year.

Georgia then went onto compete in the district final last Sunday and competed against five other contestants from Moama through to Numurkah. The standard of the competition was very good, Georgia felt confident that she had done well in my impromptu questions because they were about law and politics, a field she is very interested in. Georgia really enjoyed the experience and met some amazing young people all whilst gaining public speaking skills, beneficial and applicable to all aspects of life

2014 Echuca College student Jess Hardess, representing Rochester District won the district competition and now moves on to the next stage.