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WHAT would you do if you were prime minister for the day?
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It’s a tough question to answer — and even tougher if you have little time to think about your response.

That’s the situation Emmanuel College year 12 student James Morison faced on Tuesday night as he competed in the annual Lions Youth of the Year competition.

“I responded by saying I don’t think there is actually much you could do in a 24-hour period as prime minister,” the 17-year-old told The Standard.

The Lions Youth of the Year is a public speaking quest and involves secondary school students from across the district undergoing a panel interview, presenting a pre-prepared speech and answering two impromptu questions, with very little time to prepare an answer.

The quest has been running since 1964. It begins each year with a zone final, where students face a panel of judges from their home-town club, and culminates with the national final.

Winners from the zone finals will go head-to-head at the regional final in Heywood on Sunday, vying for a place at the state final to be held later this year. James and fellow Emmanuel College student Elijah Ziegeler won the zone finals in Warrnambool and Port Fairy respectively, and are both looking forward to competing in Heywood on Sunday.

James said he decided to enter based on the free speech component of the competition.

“I enjoy public speaking, and being able to speak about something I was interested in really appealed,” he said.

“I spoke about developing nations and the link between new wealth and health issues. My second impromptu question was about new communication methods like iPhones, iPads and social media and how they could be linked with increased obesity and their impact on face-to-face communication.” Elijah said his pre-prepared speech focused on the sexualisation of children through the media, in particular popular music, while his impromptu questions focused on bullying and alternative energy sources. He said the competition was a great experience.

“It was a lot of fun, it taught us to think on our feet. It was a good life experience,” he said. Public speaking is only one component of the competition, with the interview panel exploring other areas of the students’ lives, including their academic, leadership, sporting and citizenship achievements, to find well-rounded young people who have the qualities to play an active and constructive role in the local community.

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