A year 12 student from Scotch Oakburn College took out the winning spot in the Lions Youth of the Year State Final on Sunday.
State final winner William Scott said he felt he had nothing to lose by entering the competition, and was very excited for the journey ahead.
"You walk in confident in your own abilities, but you never walk in thinking you're going to win," he said.
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The Scotch Oakburn student went up against Mackenna Minstrell from Hobart College and Denver Puccetti from Don College.
Mr Scott will represent Tasmania in the national final to be held in Canberra in May.
He said to prepare for the national competition he would ensure he had memorised his speech, was up-to-date with his general knowledge, and would simulate the competition conditions while practising.
Tasmania last won the Lions National Youth of the Year in 2018-19.
The program encourages students between 15 and 19 to fill in an entry form based on leadership skills, academic achievements, sports and culture interests, subjects studied, citizenship and community involvement, and hobbies.
From there, an interview is held in front of a judging panel and then a public speaking section asks two impromptu questions - each to be answered in two minutes.
A five minute speech, previously prepared by the student, is then judged.
Lions Clubs across the state hold finals of the program until there is a winner from the south, north and north-west to compete for the state title.