MORTLAKE Lions held its Youth of the Year awards last Tuesday with Mortlake College’s Jake Tanner declared the overall winner.
The award recognised students between the ages of 15 to 18 as of July 1, who have provided outstanding community service, showed good general knowledge and were able to present a speech to the Lions club members.
Mortlake College’s Breanna Kirkwood earned the best public speaker award on the night for her five minute speech on procrastination.
The candidates were put through a 30 minute interview prior to the speeches.
Councillor Jill Parker, First Constable Rachel Wass and local icon Morris Clarke were the judges for the event.
Mortlake Lions Club secretary Norma Parker said the night was the first stage in a long process.
“The next stage is zone that includes towns such as Camperdown, Lismore, Simpson and Terang,” she said.
“Then it moves onto the regional stage which takes in towns like Skipton, Ararat and Stawell.
“Then it’s state followed by federal to see who can be the overall winner – there’s about four or five stages.
“It’s been running for about 45 years and we have had some very good candidates this year.”