The youth of the year quest state final 2013 – by Lion Terry


In this modern world where formerly respected community leaders such as priests and politicians have lost their moral compass and cannot be trusted, where public manners are a relic of the past and where community service is seen as uncool, there still shines a small but inspiring light.

On Saturday 6th April Lion Kim, Chair of the Bull Creek YOTY Quest, and I attended the State Final of the YOTY Quest.  After talking to the six finalists and listening to their speeches, I still hold my optimism for the future of this great nation.  They were without exception enthusiastic, intelligent and committed.  Just to read the synopsis of their resumes fills you with wonder; just where do they get the energy and time to do all that they do?

Our nominee, Briana, was presented with her awards for winning both the overall and Public Speaking elements of the W2 District Final held recently in Bunbury.




During the State Final, the topics chosen for their prepared speeches ranged from such diverse matter as Passion, to what makes you get up in the Morning?  They all spoke with almost a fearsome passion for their topics and for their involvement in various community projects they had been involved in; some as far as the Central Reserves such as Warburton and Wingelina.

The State Winner of the Public Speaking was Ray Ronggani, a 16yr old student from Lakelands SHS sponsored by the Atwell Club.  He was born in Indonesia and has only been in Australia since 2006.  His talk on respect and inclusion for all people, all minorities, was given without notes and drew much applause at its conclusion.

The Overall Winner of the YOTY Quest 2013 was Tim O’Donnell, a student at Scotch College nominated by the Claremont-Nedlands Club.

LtoR: Ray Ronggani, Briana Preimesberger, Tameekah Donegan, Madison Boot, Tim O’Donnell, and Rhys Mola

With such talented and hardworking emergent leaders in our midst, we can be assured of a strong future.  These young people should be treasured and supported as the true face of the current generation.  Forget the images of drunken rioting troubled kids, these are the real faces of our future leaders.

Yoty Group