A speech about saying 'yes' and seizing opportunities has seen Warrnambool's Hannah Moon take out the public speaking section of the Lions Youth of the Year state final.
The 18-year-old Warrnambool College year-12 student was interviewed in front of a six-person judging panel before being asked two impromptu questions, each to be answered in two minutes.
Hannah then gave a previously prepared five-minute speech about saying 'yes' and seizing opportunities.
Hannah won the public speaking title, with the overall Lions Club Youth of the Year won by Mentone Girls Grammar student Anastasia Beardsley.
The state finals were held in Mornington at the weekend.
Hannah said she was "incredibly proud" of herself.
"It was really great to see where I stood against kids across the entire state and to take out the public speaking component was an incredible honour," she said.
"I think it also reflects all the hard work I've been putting in over the year."
Hannah, who hopes to pursue a career in journalism, has been heavily involved in the Warrnambool Eisteddfod, Rotary and Lions Club.
"Hannah did herself proud and represented the club beautifully," Mr Amos said.
"She was well-prepared, she'd done all the homework and it was just a delight. She really showed what mature young lady she is."
Mr Amos said the Youth of the Year competition helped promote self-confidence and allowed students to "present themselves to an advantage".
"They also get to meet like-minded people outside of Warrnambool," he said.
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