Graves wins 2020 Rotary Speech Contest


From left to right: Graeson Graves. Emily Hanes, Alycia Edwards, Sydney Salvatore, Cruz Wright, Alexia Mick, Karli Bietz, Christina McGinnis, Ethan Yarger, Megan Durandetta, Morgan Cheek, and Landon Libreatori

Karli Bietz, Staff Writer

The Rotary Speech contest was held Monday, Feb. 24 at the Lock Haven Clearfield campus. The contest is open to juniors and seniors from the Clearfield Area Junior-Senior High school who choose to enter the contest with their Rotary Speech.

The speech given is about a topic of choice, and must answer the following questions: Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned? The speeches must also be between 5 and 7 minutes in length. This year 11 juniors and seniors entered the contest.

The winner of the contest was Graeson Graves, second place was Alycia Edwards, and third was Karli Bietz. First place received $100, second place got $50, and third place took home $25.

Graeson’s topic was on protecting the environment from pollution. He says: “I was definitely very excited to be announced as the winner of the Rotary contest and I’m very grateful that my hard work payed off. But anyone really could have won this contest because my classmates each individually did amazing. It was a great experience though and I’m glad to move on.” Graeson will now continue to the regional competition in Bellefonte.

Mrs. Borden discussed her opinions on the contest by saying: “I am proud of each and every student who took the time to enter the contest. Glossophobia is a huge fear among millions of adults in society today, and these Juniors and Seniors were able to overcome that fear outside of the classroom. I believe the ethics lesson behind the Rotary 4 Way Test is important for students in our society today to be introduced to.  Ethic is a huge part of Public Speaking, so incorporating this assignment into the course is a great way to build community relationships with the local Rotary.”