On Thursday evening, February 18, Carissa Tereba won the club level Student Speakers Contest at the Burney Lions Club. Ms. Tereba, a senior at Burney High School, competed against two other Burney High School Students, Hunter Mostoufi and Jessica Thompson.
The theme of this year’s contest is “Liberty and Justice for All – What Does It Mean To You?” All three students gave excellent 10-minute speeches illustrating their ideas with examples from their own life, family history, and references to current and historical events.
The speeches were judged by four judges: Bob Hatcher, Sally Armstrong, Rob Armstong, and Marcia Kerns. Melissa Madden, activities director at Burney High School, helped to coach the students in preparation for their speeches.
All three participants were awarded certificates and checks. Ms. Tereba won $100 for first place, but more importantly she will now advance to the next level of competition.
Lions Clubs throughout California have been holding contests during the month of February as part of the 79th Annual Student Speaker Contest. Winners will advance through a series of competitions to reach the District, Area, and Multiple District Four Contest.
This year, the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. Fifteen District winners will each receive a $4,500.00 scholarship. Four Area winners will each receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship, and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship.