Applicants sought for speaker contest

The Ridgecrest Lions Club will once again host its student speaker contest for grades 9-12. This year’s theme is “Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?”

Students will present their speeches on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. Winners from the local contest will advance to the next round of competition. More than $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the winners in California, with the overall champion earning $21,000 in scholarship funds.

The contest is limited to six students. If more than six apply, an essay contest may be necessary to reduce the pool of candidates. The application deadline is Dec. 15.

A student speakers handbook is available for download under “public handbook” at

For more information contact Steven Morgan at or 760-977-2600.

Story First Published: 2019-11-22