The Avon Rotary Club recently held its annual high school speech contest.
Four Avon High School students competed in front of Rotary members and were judged by a panel of club members. Contest coordinator Pam Lyons said,
“The speeches were probably the most balanced in skill and effectiveness that the club has witnessed in the last several years,” contest coordinator Pam Lyons said in a press release.
First place and $100 went to sophomore Leah Ashebir with her speech titled “Rotary’s Literacy Initiative.”
Second place and $75 went to senior Mark Bode who spoke about “Growing Tomorrow’s Leaders.”
Third place and $50 went to sophomore Whitney Larson and fourth place and $25 went to junior Maria Afridi, a Pakastani foreign exchange student. Both Larson and Afridi focused on tomorrow’s leaders as well.
Ashebir and Bode will go on to compete at the Rotary District 6560 contest April 12 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Indianapolis for a shot at prizes of $1000, $500 and $250.
Rotarians Melissa Calahan, Julia Rowlings and Jeremy Eglen served as judges for the 2014 annual competition.