Lions Club to host student speaker contest Jan. 16

Lions Club to host student speaker contest Jan. 16The Ridgecrest Lions Club invites local students to join their California peers in the 81st annual Student Speakers Contest.

This year’s topic is “Integrity and Civility Play What Role in Today’s Society?” Each speech should be expository (persuasive) on a subject related to the topic and be between five and 10 minutes long. The contest is limited to six participants.

“The contest is an open opportunity for the students to express their views and open doors for financial scholarship funds,” said Steven Morgan, contest chair.

The contest is open to all students — including foreign exchange students — in Grades 9 through 12. Applicants must be younger than 21 as of Feb. 22 to participate.

There are several levels of competition, with the final winner earning $21,000 in scholarship funds, applicable to any accredited two- or four-year college or university approved by the Lions 4th District Student Speakers Foundation.

Each year, the Lions award more than $100,000 to students across the state.

Competition begins at the local level on Jan. 16, from 6-8 p.m., in the Ridgecrest City Council Chambers.

The Lions invite members of the public to attend.

For additional information contact Morgan at 760-375-2715, 760-977-2600, or steven.morgan@

Story First Published: 2018-01-05