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Lions Club hosts annual speech contest for students
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Taking part in the early February speech contest hosted by the Escalon Lions Club were, from left, Alexandra Davis, Sarah Van Vliet, Luke Konradi, Andres Hermosillo, Darrius Higby, and Destiny Reyes. Photo Contributed

Several Escalon High School students took part recently in the annual Escalon Lions Club Student Speakers Contest.

This local contest is one of many put on throughout the state by the Lions Clubs in California.

“Participating clubs hold local contests. The winners of those local contests then compete against other winners from other close-by area clubs. These areas are referred to as zones,” noted Lions Club member Mike Caskey. “The winner of each contest then progresses to the next level contest. These contests start at the club level and progress through the zone level, region level, district level, area level, and conclude at the state level, Council Of Governors Meeting.”

Competing in the Escalon event were, in alphabetical order: Alexandra Davis, Andres Hermosillo, Darrius Higby, Luke Konradi, Destiny Reyes, and Sarah Van Vliet. Taking first place was senior Darrius Higby, and the topic for this year’s speech contest was: “For A Better World - What Would You Change?”.

Caskey said all students did a good job with their speeches and he also pointed to the efforts of Escalon High staff member Karen Nunes as being integral to the success of the event.

“She does the recruiting for our contest, and has been a fantastic resource for the Escalon Lions Club,” said Caskey.