Loma Rica, Ca.
Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley stood before the local Lions Club, proudly holding a plaque, which clearly had been hanging in his office for many years. His prized plaque was a certificate for a Lions’ sponsored student speaker contest which he had won when he was in high school. Cooley credited the beginning of his career in law to his participation and winning of the club’s student speaker competition. Lions clubs throughout California are still offering this opportunity to high school students.
The Student Speaker Contest, now in its 82nd year, is being sponsored by the Foothill Loma Rica Lions Club. With a grand prize of $21,000 this year’s challenging topic is "FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?"
The Student Speaker Contest is open to students, including foreign exchange students in grades 9–12. Students may attend any high school, middle school, charter school, private school, home school or independent study and must write their own speech on the subject.
Competition will be held initially at the club level on or before February 7, 2019 and one winner will progress through several levels of the contest--ending with the final round to be held in June of 2019.
Each level of competition includes monetary compensation starting with $25 for finalists and $75 for the winner of the Foothill Loma Rica Lions Club Student Speaker Contest.
In her thank you letter to the Student Speaker Foundation, a recent winner, Hannah Drain wrote, “This contest is a great way to gain confidence and experience in public speaking as well as prepare for the future. The competition taught me many lessons beyond research and speech writing. I made new friends and ... I cannot express the gratitude I owe to the Lions Student Speakers Foundation as well as the Lions Club as a whole for the scholarship opportunity and the outstanding experience.”
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