NEWS that Mila girl, Molly Campbell had won the national title of the 2013 Lions Youth of the Year Quest was met with great delight throughout the local community last week.
Impressing everyone even further, Molly also won the prestigious Public Speaking Award of the national quest, an admirable achievement indeed.
17 year old Molly lives with her parents, Keith and Sophie Campbell, in Mila, and enjoyed her initial education at the St Joseph’s Primary School in Bombala.
She now attends Lumen Christi Catholic College in Pambula, and began her journey in the quest through the Pambula Merimbula Lions Club both in 2012 and 2013.
Last year she reached the state level, but Molly went all the way this time around, taking out the national final at the Lions Convention in Canberra over April 26 and 27.
Back in February, the Pambula Merimbula Lions Club members watched with pleasure as Molly won the regional level of the quest, then progressed on to become the district finalist in March, and eventually the state winner at Sydney in April.
Molly’s winning speech at the national level was on Australian agriculture and the monopoly that large companies hold over the industry, with her rural background certainly adding to her passion on the subject.
On being announced the winner in 2013, Molly became part of a very select group of people who have won both the Lions Youth of the Year and Lions Public Speaking crowns.
She now joins a list of previous winners who have progressed to become notable figures, Kevin Rudd being amongst them.
And the rewards for her efforts are considerable, with Molly’s prize for the Youth of the Year title being a $4,000 overseas trip with $1,000 spending money.
Further, Molly will receive a $2,000 overseas trip with $500 spending money for winning the Public Speaking Award.
As the overall winner, Molly will also host this year’s state finalists as they enjoy a week in the local region.
Naturally everyone from Molly’s family here in the Bombala area, through to Lumen Christi and of course the Pambula Merimbula Lions Club have been thrilled with her success and are immensely proud of her achievement.
And amongst all those offering their congratulations has been Member for Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly, who welcomed Molly and some of her supporters to his Queanbeyan office last week to congratulate her in person.
Molly is known for being very active in both her community and at school, and after she completes her HSC later this year, hopes to study music and law through the ANU.