Overall winner Abbie Moseling with judges Keith Campbell, Suzanne Koy and Liz Beavis (Photo: Kingaroy Lions)

March 2, 2021

Kingaroy State High School captain Abbie Moseling will be representing Kingaroy in the Zone Final of the Lions Youth Of The Year contest.

Abbie came out on top against nine other competitors in the local round of the annual competition, held at the Commercial Hotel in Kingaroy last week.

The competitors were all students at Kingaroy State High School, and were accompanied by Mr Paul Hutton, English Head of Department.

The students were interviewed by a panel of three independent judges: former South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell, NAB branch manager Suzanne Koy and Coopers Gap Wind Farm site manager Liz Beavis.

They were quizzed in regard to their academic and sporting achievements as well as their community involvement and general knowledge.

They then took part in a public speaking event where they had to speak to two impromptu questions as well as give a five-minute prepared speech on a topic of their choice.

Students participating were Joey Reeve, Jessie Bond, Ben Weier, Juliana Evangelista, Isaac Kelly, Sophie O’Connor, Kelleeann Slade, Abbie Moseling, Deanna-lee Tearle and Josee Currin.

The standard was extremely high from all entrants, and the judges said they had a really tough time splitting them.

The winner of the public speaking section was Juliana Evangelista, who spoke about racism.

The overall winner of the contest was Abbie Moseling who will now go on to compete at the Zone Final in Gympie on March 20.

Juliana Evangelista won the public speaking section of the competition  (Photo: Kingaroy Lions)
The 10 competitors are all students at Kingaroy State High School (Photo: Kingaroy Lions)

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