The newly-chartered Willow Glen Lions Club held its first annual high school speakers’ contest on Sunday, 21 February 2010. This contest is offered by many Lions clubs and at higher levels of competition offers some large scholarship prizes. Our club contest featured three talented young women from Presentation High School here in San Jose, California.
Joe McGrady and Kat Carpenter managed this Willow Glen Lions project. They very carefully followed the rules for the California Lions 73rd Annual Student Speakers Contest. I served as one of the timers. As a former Toastmasters Area Governor, I very much enjoyed being part of this event.
We were honored to have San Jose Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio, plus Pam Foley of San Jose Unified School District, and Helen Vanderberg Area H5 Governor for Toastmasters as our judges. Our contest was held at the Willow Glen Branch Library and included a reception afterward.
Sara Cois was our club-level contest winner but she was given a good competition by Alisha Azevedo and Ashley Philip. Sara goes on to speak in the Lions Zone level of competition this Friday. We were particularly proud of Sara when we learned that she was asked to participate only a week or so before the contest.
Images Copyright 2010 by Katy Dickinson and John Plocher