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Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Thursday High School Speech Contest, February 25, 2021

Rotary Club of Oakland Civic Thursday High School Speech Contest, February 25, 2021

President Ces Butner called our Civic Thursday Zoom meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. noting this is the 5,329th meeting in our 111-year-old Club and invited us to recite our vision statement. Ces explained that our meeting format will be a bit different today in order to accommodate our annual Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest, with the winner advancing to the next “Area Level” of the annual Rotary Speech Contest.

Four high school students were recently selected to spend six weeks of their free time learning from Rotary mentors the art of public speaking. They have since written their own speeches on the theme "Rotary Creates Opportunities" and integrated what they have learned about the 4-way test. Join us in supporting their creativity and diligence, after which a winner will be selected to advance to the next level. The winner of all four levels will be awarded up to $1550 to use towards their education.

At the end of the meeting, a winner was chosen, and it was Speaker C now revealed to be Alvin Wang, a student at Mission San Jose High School. Committee Co-chair Barbara Beery announced that he will receive $100 and will advance to the next round in the Area Rotary Speech Contest. Also introduced and thanked for their participation were Mya Nguyen from Alameda High School as Speaker A; Grace Tan of Oakland Charter School as Speaker B and Peiwen Lin of American Indian Model School as Speaker D. A virtual and much-deserved round of applause was given to all!

Co-chairs Alex and Barbara acknowledged and thanked all Speech Contest Committee members for their work including Debo Sarkar, Riza Hernandez, C J Hirschfield and Greg Annis.

Missed our meeting but interested in checking out the next one? Click here to learn more: https://www.oakland-rotary.org/calendar #serviceaboveself #rotaryinternational #rotaryclubofoakland #rotaryopensopportunities

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