The Carson City Host Lions Club held its annual Student Speaker Contest on Jan. 18.
Carson High School student Viviana Castro won the contest and received a $75 stipend. Mason Tims, also a Carson High student, received $25 for his participation. Both students are members of the Carson High Speech and Debate Team.
Their coach, Patrick Mobley, was also in attendance.
The students spoke on the topic of “Should Community Service Be a Requirement for High School Graduation?”
Courtesy Lion Ray Masayko looks on while student speaker Mason Tims orates on the topic “Should Community Service Be a Requirement for High School Graduation?”
Judges for the contest included Norm Eneim, Pat McInnis, and Robey Willis.
Mayor Lori Bagwell provided a critique of the students’ speeches to help them at the next level of competition.
Castro will go on to compete at the Lions District 46 Zone level, to be held Feb. 8th at 6 p.m. at the Gardnerville Station.
The winner of the Zone level will go on to compete at the Region level on March 12 in Reno. That winner will compete at the District level on April 30 in Las Vegas. The Zone contest winner will be awarded $125; the Region winner will be awarded a $1,250 scholarship; and the District level student winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship.
The contest is a 76-year tradition of the Lions Clubs of District 46 in Nevada and California. It provides an opportunity for competitive speaking among students on issues of vital interest to the contestants. It is intended to stimulate self-expression and independent thinking.