Monaro High School Leo, Taya Evans, was crowned the NSW Leo of the Year for her efforts in improving community life.MONARO High School student and Leo, Taya Evans, added another accolade to her name when she was crowned the NSW Leo of the Year last weekend.
In what’s been an impressive start to 2016, Taya was declared the Cooma-Monaro Shire’s Young Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day celebrations, recognising the vast amount of community service she undertakes.
Taya headed to Goulburn for the state Leo awards where she impressed judges in her interview and with her five minute prepared speech.
In her prepared speech Taya spoke about rural depression, a topic Leo Advisor Lee Riley said struck a chord with the judges and those present.
“Taya was the only Leo there focusing on rural issues,” Ms Riley said.
“She has inspired the whole Leo Club through making a difference in the community.”
For most, delivering a public speech is a daunting and confronting task, but for Taya it’s something that is quickly becoming second nature.
“I wasn’t very nervous when I gave my speech at the state awards. I was feeling pretty relaxed,” Taya said.
“I used to be nervous when speaking in front of people but as I’ve done more of it, it’s become quite comfortable.”
A shining light amongst local youth, Taya will represent the state at the Lions National Convention in Echuca this May.
Spurred on by Taya’s desire to help people in rural areas, the Leos will hold a Back to Cooma Fun Run on the Easter Saturday of March 26 to raise money for beyondblue.
The run starts and finishes at Nijong Oval in Cooma with participants able to enter in a 5km or 10km run/walk. To book your place visit: