by Jessica Lamb
IT WAS down to the wire between two young achievers as the Proserpine High School school captain and vice caption were both nominated for the Proserpine Lions top youth accolade.
After being nominated by their peers, teachers and school principal; the community's best and brightest high school students were celebrated at the annual 'Youth of the Year' competition at the Metropole Hotel last Wednesday night.
Jade Davis, 17, was named overall winner and will go on to the zone final, just beating out school captain Porsha Hancock, 18.
While the three judges did not reveal the reason they picked the overall winner, they said both entrants were outstanding and a "worthy credit” to their school.
Lions Club member David Hinschen was also presented with the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow award in recognition of service as Youth of the Year co-ordinator and "an exceptional Lions Club member”.
Mr Hinschen has been with the Proserpine Lions Club for 14 years and has been Youth of the year co-ordinator for 12 years, the award is given to recognise outstanding Lions and is named after the founder of Lions Club International formed in the USA in 1916 and has over 1.4million members worldwide.
The competition, sponsored by the National Australia Bank, is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and qualities required to take an active and constructive role in the community.
The zone final hosted by the Whitsunday Lions is being held at the Volunteer Marine Rescue club this Sunday at 11.30am.