Aaron's way with words
TOOGOOLAWAH State High School captain Aaron Davis has put his school on the map, representing his school at the zone finals of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest in Forest Lake over the weekend.
The 17-year-old won in his school competition with a winning interview and prepared and impromptu speeches.
"In the interview they asked us a lot of different questions, about what is happening with coal seam gas in our area, whether we think the supermarket price war is a positive or negative," he said.
"We had to do two impromptu two minute speeches, one about social media, the other about green energy and our prepared speech on top of that.
"My speech was about the positives and negatives of having siblings."
As the youngest of six, the teenager was speaking with authority about his chosen topic.
"I found the impromptu speeches a lot harder and two minutes can be a long time when you don't have anything prepared, but I actually scored better in those than my prepared speech," he said.
"In one speech I talked about social media and discussed that as much as everyone is talking, no-one is really communicating."
He said his public speaking experience was limited when he decided to enter the competition.
"I had done a bit of debating and that was it really, but I don't mind the public speaking," he said.
"Although, I did go skydiving last week and I might prefer to do that again rather than do another speech."
The Lions Youth of the Year Quest has been beneficial for the high school student, with Mr Davis hoping the skills he has learnt will help him later in life.
"I have learnt a bit about public speaking since I started this and the interview was great for figuring out what your views are and being able to think on your feet," he said.