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Bristol Area Lions Speak Out Contest 03/27/2015

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Bristol Lions Speak Out participants (from left) are: David Kim, Logan Eckel, Alejandro Sanchez and Alexandra Welch.

Bristol Lions Speak Out participants (from left) are: David Kim, Logan Eckel, Alejandro Sanchez and Alexandra Welch.

The Bristol Area Lions held their annual Speak Out Contest on March 16 at the Fellowship Hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church. The church had decorated the tables with a St. Patrick’s Day theme with green napkins and custom made shamrock center pieces.

A delicious dinner of manicotti, salad and bread was served by caterer, David Atwater of Just Atwater & Serve. The speakers, parents and guests were sponsored by club members.

After dinner the four Lincoln Academy students spoke on any issue they felt strongly about in a talk from four to six minutes long. After each speech they were each asked two questions worded in such a way that required some reasoning or application of knowledge of the subject. The club’s questioners were Al Sears and Tom Rodrigues. The timekeeper was Herb Watson.

They were then judged in several different categories by Bill Byrnes, Carolyn McKeon and Tom McGregor all Ph.D.’s.
Third place ended up being a tie between David Kim and Logan Eckel. Kim, a junior from South Korea, spoke on “U.N. Peacekeepers and their limits”. Eckel, a freshman from Pemaquid addressed “The importance of education and literacy”
Second place was awarded to Alejandro Sanchez, a junior from Spain, whose topic was “A beautiful but hypocritical world “

First prize was awarded to Alexandra Welch, a senior from Wiscasset, whose topic “Remembering the ladies,” concerned the progress of women’s equality and rights. She will go on to the Lions Speak Out regional level on April 7 at Lincoln Academy; the winner of that event will compete in the State Speak Out in Auburn at the District Conference on April 25.

The Bristol Area Lions Club thanks Lion David Kolodin for again organizing this event with Matt Leland, Lincoln Academy debate team advisor. The Club also is thankful for the hospitality of the New Harbor Methodist Church.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, on April 6, will take place back at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. The speaker will be Jim Donovan, President of Lincoln Healthcare who will discuss “Changes in healthcare and its effect on Lincoln County”, hosted by Lion Julie DeLong.

To make dinner reservations for that meeting, call Herb Watson at 677-6191. To learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, serving Bristol and South Bristol, contact Walt Johansson at 677-2584.

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