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Milpitas Rotary's 2014 Speech Contest Winner

(L-R) MUSD Supt. Cary Matsuoka, and contestants Samukh Shekar and Miranda Le with President Mark Tiernan.
(L-R) MUSD Supt. Cary Matsuoka, and contestants Samukh Shekar and Miranda Le with President Mark Tiernan.

The Milpitas Rotary Club applauded the Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest winner at their Monday, January 13, 2014 lunch meeting held at Brandon's Restaurant.

Milpitas High School Senior Miranda Le took 1st Place and Milpitas High School Senior Samukh Shekar won 2nd place. A third student, unnamed, was unable to attend due to illness.

Rotary Speech Contest Chair Milpitas Unified School Superintendent Cary Matsuoka conducted the contest.

Each contestant was to pick a topic of their choice and include the theme of "Engage Rotary, Change Lives" and incorporate at least one or more of the principles of Rotary's 4-Way Test;

1. Is It The TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and better FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Each speaker was allowed no more than 5 minutes to deliver his/her address. A Rotarian timekeeper and three Rotarian judges were to hand to make the final decision.

The speakers were initially introduced as Speaker A, Speaker B, etc. and their schools were not identified. Props and prompters were not allowed. Notes on one 3" x 5" card could be used.

Following their speeches both speakers and their schools were formally introduced.

Winner Miranda Le received a Club Level prize of $100. A 2nd place prize of $50 was won by Samukh Shekar.

Our winner will go on to the Area 5 Contest hosted by the San Jose East/Evergreen Rotary Club on March 6 offering a $200 1st prize.

This is followed by the Regional Contest with a $250 1st prize at the SAP Center (formerly HP Pavilion) on March 21st.

The Rotary District 5170 Finals will take place on April 2nd at the Doubletree Hotel San Jose with a 1st prize of $1,000.

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