Kate Patenaude, a student at North Country Union High School in Newport, delivers her award-winning speech at the weekly Lyndonville Rotary Club meeting on Feb. 18. She was competing with other Round One winners from area Rotary clubs, in the annual Rotary Speech Contest. Kate, who represented Newport Rotary Club as their winner, will advance to the third round of the contest to be held at the Rotary District 7850 Assembly in late March. By winning round two, she was awarded a prize of $150. Each year Rotary District 7850 (the Lyndonville and Newport Rotary clubs are two of the 42 clubs in this District) sponsors a Speech Contest. The contest starts at the club level and encourages local high school students to prepare and present a five-minute speech on a limited set of Rotary topics selected each year, such as "The Four Way Test," "Service Above Self" and the current year's Rotary International theme, "Light Up Rotary." Progressive competitions are held at the assistant governor's area and District levels to determine the final participants to compete in the spring at the finals. Winners at each level receive financial awards. Kate has the opportunity to advance to the next round, with a chance to win the $1,000 District grand prize, which will be awarded to the one of the finalists at the District 7850 Conference in Stowe in May.
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