Jamie to represent Lions

Red Bend's Jamie Mitton and James Whalan.

Red Bend's Jamie Mitton and James Whalan.

Red Bend student Jamie Mitton has been named the zone's Lions Youth of the Year - the Forbes representative taking out the next level of competition at Forbes Services Memorial Club this month.

The other zone finalists were Connor Day from Henry Lawson High representing Grenfell Lions, Meagan Carroll from Cowra High representing Cowra Lions and Katrina Garlick from Hennessy Catholic High School representing Young Lions Club.

Each candidate underwent an individual interview followed by two impromptu questions and the delivery of a pre-prepared five-minute speech.

"The quest is designed to encourage, foster and develop leadership qualities in youth and contestants are judged on leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship," a Forbes Lions spokesperson explained.

After the completion of the speeches the judges retired to assess the candidates.

They had a tough task: after a very close contest the winner of the public speaking contest was announced Connor Day from Grenfell.

Forbes' Jamie Mitton was the overall Youth of the Year.

Jamie will now advance to the District judging which will take place at Griffith on March 16.

Jamie was selected as the Forbes Lions representative last December from a field of participants from Parkes and Forbes secondary schools. 

Each of the participants submitted a detailed application outlining their school studies, community involvement and sporting achievements among other things.

Forbes Lions meet regularly and they do have a range of programs and projects.

They run the Lions barbecue they're well known for but they do much more, raising funds for the local and broader community.

If you're interested in learning more about the Forbes Lions Club, you're welcome to join them at the Vandenberg Hotel from 7pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.