St. J Rotary holds speech contest for area students


ST. JOHNSBURY ROTARY HOLDS SPEECH CONTEST -- One of the first rounds of Rotary District 7850's speech contest took place in December at the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club. Contestants included Leticia Chen, Moises Cherem and Sam Sharafuddin, all students at St. Johnsbury Academy. The club's speech contest chair, Jim Jun gave an overview of the contest, and was assisted by club members in judging the speeches. The winner of the contest, Moises Cherem, received $100 and will compete against the winners of two other club -- Littleton and Woodsville/Wells River. That winner will compete at a District Assembly in the spring. The final two contestants will compete at the District Conference. The overall winner gets $1,000. The theme for this year is Rotary's Four Way Test from a teen perspective and Service Above Self from an international perspective. Letitia talked about fossil fuels and the need for Biomass conversion; Moises talked about dreaming the impossible to bring on change; and Sam talked about poverty and its worldwide impact. All the contestants received a gift certificate for Boxcar and Caboose in St. Johnsbury. Shown above are: from left, Jim Jung, Sam Sharafuddin, Leticia Chen, Moises Cherem, Janet Warner-Ashley (who accompanied the contestants), and Rotary President Charlie Browne.


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