WESTMORLAND – The Westmorland Lions Club hosted their annual Student Speakersâ€™ contest Tuesday.Â The contest started in 1958 and is the oldest continuous speakerâ€™s contest in the Valley, since other Lionsâ€™ Clubs in the Valley have stopped hosting the event.
The contest is open to high school students who live in Westmorland.Â This yearâ€™s topic was â€œCommunity Service; What does it mean? Why does it matter?
The speakers prepared their speeches on their own time, practiced when they could and then came to speak to a panel of 4 judges.
They had to speak for at least for 5 minutes and no more than 10.Â They were allowed notes and were encouraged to use quotes from other famous people when supporting their ideas.
Roxana Olivas, a junior at BUHS was Tuesdayâ€™s winner.
Runner up, Tony McCoy, spoke about how doing community service makes one feel good about themselves.
Roxana will be back on March 11th for the second round of competition.
Frank Felix, BUHS counselor, brought the young people over for the contest.Â He said the students are motivated to do this on their own.Â There isnâ€™t a public speaking class offered at the school.
The Westmorland Lionsâ€™ club thanked the judges Eusebio Arballo, Tiberio Esparza, and Phil and Judy Grant for their community service.Â The timers for the event were Andrew Espino and Natalie Martin.
The sign, â€œOrdinary people â€“ amazing thingsâ€ is visible in the Lionâ€™s meeting room.Â Thank you Westmorland Lionâ€™s for continuing to do amazing things for the youth of your community.Â Thanks, too, to Mr. Feliz for finding students willing to take the time to compete.