Joelene, Youth of the Year(s)
Saturday, 26th November, 2016
By Emily Roberts
Joelene Galea has been awarded the Broken Hill Lions Youth of the Year for the second consecutive year.
The 17-year-old, who will represent Broken Hill at the Zone Final in Mildura in March, said she went in better prepared this time around.
“I knew what would happen with the interview process, so I was more confident there,” she said.
“I was still nervous about the two impromptu speeches, however.
“I just kept to my usual speech structure.
“I gave myself time to plan, give an introduction, talk about the issue and if I had time, give a conclusion.
“We had to speak about the releasing of water surrounding Broken Hill and domestic violence and if we are doing enough.
“I wasn’t prepared for such a specific issue surrounding the water, so I was more confident with the domestic violence speech.
“But I think I handled it OK.”
Joelene said she now hopes to reach the state level of the competition.
“Last time, I only made it to the district level; I’m not saying I will make it to the State level. But that’s my goal.”
The Broken Hill High School student has just entered into Year 12, but isn’t worried about the extra workload.
“I think I’ll be OK. I’m doing Legal Studies which requires me to watch the news regularly so that will help with my speeches and interviews.”
Joelene said she hopes all this practice will help her in her studies and job prospects.
“I will be able to practice as much as I can and get used to it.”
She said the whole experience was fantastic and well worthwhile.
“I would encourage anyone to do it next year.
“If you’re nervous about the impromptu speech, don’t be.
“It’s really good practice; it helps get your confidence up, develop public speaking and you can use those skills at school and throughout your life.
“I would like to congratulate Sophie, Neve and Eilis - they all did an amazing job.
“I was so impressed with everything they had done with school, sporting and in the community.
“Their speeches were breath-taking. They were all very passionate.”
Organiser Stephen Turner said he was impressed with the high calibre of candidates.
“It was a wonderful night with a group of exceptional candidates in Neve, Joelene, Eilis and Sophie,” Mr Turner said.
“They entertained the audience with talks that were of the highest order.
“They are a wonderful advertisement of what is great about public education and Broken Hill should be proud of what they have achieve so far.
“They were the most confident, talented group of young students I’ve ever seen in my 36 years of teaching.
“They are all high achievers and will do great things in the future.
“I must say they were all winners on the night.”
Sophie Morrison from Willyama High School was the public speaking winner.