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Lions Speak Out Contest 03/06/2014

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Bristol Lions Speak Out participants (from left) are: Matt Leland, Lincoln Academy advisor to the debate team; Alexandra Welch, whose winning speech topic was on the environmental impact of extracting natural resources; Elias Daiute spoke on attorney-client privilege and Austin Armstrong spoke on the benefits of reducing the 35% corporate tax rate to increase jobs in the U.S. and Lion David Kolodin Club Speak Out coordinator.

Bristol Lions Speak Out participants (from left) are: Matt Leland, Lincoln Academy advisor to the debate team; Alexandra Welch, whose winning speech topic was on the environmental impact of extracting natural resources; Elias Daiute spoke on attorney-client privilege and Austin Armstrong spoke on the benefits of reducing the 35% corporate tax rate to increase jobs in the U.S. and Lion David Kolodin Club Speak Out coordinator.

The Bristol Area Lions had their annual Speak Out Contest on March 3. The contest encourages high school students to think about important current issues, to organize their thoughts and ideas, to effectively present their ideas publicly and defend their ideas when questioned.

Each speaker chose their own topic. All speeches were to be five minutes in length. Speeches were penalized that were less than four minutes or more than six minutes.

The Club again selected its three Ph.D.s to be the judges: Bill Byrnes, Carolyn McKeon and Tom McGregor. The timekeeper was Herb Watson and the two questioners were Paul Anderson and Al Sears. Each asked the contestant one question worded in such a way that they required some reasoning or application of knowledge of the subject.

All contestants received a cash prize from a very appreciative Bristol Area Lions Club, as all the speeches were relevant, timely and deserving of accolades. The members were especially impressed by their poise, maturity and responses to the questions.

The first prize winner, Alex Welch will move on to the regional level in April to compete against other Lincoln County Lions Club winners.

The event was taped for LCTV Channel 7 by Darin Carlucci and his wife Serafina. They were dinner guests of the Club along with the LA Debate Team Advisor and his wife Amy, the students and a parent of each contestant. All of the guests were sponsored by a club member.

Caterer David Atwater provided a delicious dinner of manicotti with a salad and rolls served by Anna Morkeski.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions on March 17 will be a business meeting to plan the club’s April roadside clean-up, summer fundraising events and officers and directors for the new fiscal year. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, please call 677-6191.

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