Rotary International speech contest winners |

Rotary International speech contest winners

Submitted photo by Sue Fenner


CAPTION: From left, Rotary 5190 Area speech contest chairman and winners Phil Ruble, 49er Rotary; Bailey Bivens, 11th grade; Maxine Holmberg-Douglas, 2nd place, 11th grade; Miles Baker, 3rd place, 12th grade; Joe Fenner, 1st place, 9th grade; Ben Beltran, 10th grade.

Nevada Union High School's Joe Fenner is headed to the Rotary International District Conference in Sparks, Nevada on May 18th. The Nevadad Union High School freshman placed first in the Rotary District 5190 Area 4 speech competition last week to earn the chance to compete at the district-level finals. This year's Rotary International theme is, "Peace through service – how does my service to my fellow man create peace in my home, community, and the world?"

Each of the Nevada County high school students prepared and delivered a 5 to 7 minute speech at the Rotary Club level in March. The winners from each of the five local club competitions then advanced to the Rotary 5190 Area Speech Contest held on Wednesday April 3, at the Grass Valley Methodist Church. The competition was attended by Rotarians from the area's five clubs: Grass Valley, Nevada City, 49er Breakfast Club, Nevada County South, and Penn Valley.

Joe Fenner placed first, Maxine Holmberg-Douglas placed second, and Miles Baker earned third place. "I'm amazed at the quality of these student's presentations," reported Eric Sams, President of the Nevada County South Rotary Club. "Each one really gets the 'peace through service' message and has a remarkable way of communicating."

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Joe now advances to the third level – the Rotary District Speech Finals on May 18 held at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino in Sparks, Nevada. He will be competing against a dozen other Northern Nevada and Northern California regional contest winners for a $1,000 grand prize, a $750 second prize, and $500 third prize.

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