Moorea Boardman, a resident of North Fork and a senior at Chawankee Academy, won the Zone Lions International Student Speakers Contest held March 12, in the Community Room at the Oakhurst Library.
The two other club winners who participated in the Zone contest were Yosemite High senior Rebekka Nielson, representing the Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst, and YHS junior Victoria Bodine, representing the Bass Lake Lions Club.
This years topic is “Liberty and Justice for All” - What Does it Mean to You?
Boardman, who’s twin brother Trevor attends Yosemite High, has never participated in a speaking contest before entering this year’s Lions competition.
“I liked this year’s topic ... I felt I had a lot to say on the subject, and I wanted to speak in the competition,” Boardman said. “I was very satisfied when I was announced the winner. My biggest reason for speaking is to spread a message I think is worth receiving, and moving on to the next level helps me continue to do that.”
Boardman, the daughter of Greg and Sandy, plans to attend Columbia Community College in Sonora in the fall, and hopes to transfer after two years to a University of California campus to major in nutrition or evolutionary biology.
The Lions Student Speakers contest gives California high school students the opportunity to focus their gift of public speaking through research, speech writing, and oratorical skills.
The speakers were judged on originality of speech, enunciation, voice control, poise, sincerity, enthusiasm, persuasiveness of speech, and clarity of concluding remarks.
Boardman was presented a certificate and a check for $150 by contest chairman Tom Heather, and now advances to the Regional contest March 19, at Pheasant Run Golf Course in Chowchilla.
The winner of the Regional contest will advance to one of 15 District contests in the state, with the winners of those events receiving a $4,500 scholarship.
Judges for the Zone contest were retired Sierra Telephone employee Sheri Colgate, Darin Soukup, director of the Oakhurst Community College Center, and Brian Wilkinson, editor of the Sierra Star.