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Bristol Area Lions Host Annual Speak Out Contest 04/05/2016

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Bristol Area Lions Club Speak Out contestants, back from left: Liam Cullina, Gardner Skiff, Paige Camp, Elise Dumont, and Alejandro Ramos. Front from left: Nobonita Chowdhury and Kate Laemmle

Bristol Area Lions Club Speak Out contestants, back from left: Liam Cullina, Gardner Skiff, Paige Camp, Elise Dumont, and Alejandro Ramos. Front from left: Nobonita Chowdhury and Kate Laemmle.

Bristol Area Lions Club Speak Out contest winners, from left: Elise Dumont, Liam Cullina, and Alejandro Ramos.

Bristol Area Lions Club Speak Out contest winners, from left: Elise Dumont, Liam Cullina, and Alejandro Ramos.

The Bristol Area Lions held their annual Speak Out contest on March 24, at the Hawks House Inn in Walpole. A delicious dinner of baked ham, scalloped potatoes, roasted vegetables, coleslaw, and rolls was served by caterer Steve Hawks. The speakers, debate team adviser, and parents were sponsored by club members.

After dinner the seven Lincoln Academy students spoke on a subject of their choosing in a talk about four to six minutes long using a minimum of notes. After each speech they were asked two questions that required some reasoning or application of knowledge of the subject.

First prize was awarded to Elsie Dumont, a senior, whose topic was “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” She will go on to the Lions Speak Out regional level contest on April 13 at Lincoln Academy. The winner of that event will compete at the State Speak Out in Auburn at the district conference.

Second prize was awarded to Liam Cullina, a freshman, who spoke on “Why Every American Should Vote.”

Third prize was awarded to Alejandro Ramos, a senior from Spain, who addressed “The Ups and Downs of Meritocracy.”

Other contestants and their topics were senior Kate Laemmle, “The Syrian refugee crisis”; senior Nobonita Chowdhury from Bangladesh, “It Matters Why You Think Rape is Wrong”; freshman Gardner Skiff, “The Cost of Freedom”; and freshman Paige Camp, “Solitary Confinement in Prison.”

The club’s questioners were Tom Rodrigues and Alfred Ajami. Speak Out timekeeper was Patrick Moran.

The competitors were judged in several different categories by Ajami, Bill Byrnes, and Tom McGregor, all of whom hold doctorate degrees.

The Bristol Area Lions thank David Kolodin for again coordinating this event with Matt Leland, Lincoln Academy debate team adviser.

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions, on April 4, will take place back at the Willing Workers Hall in New Harbor. It will be a business meeting to nominate officers and directors and plan the April 16 annual roadside cleanup, a possible blood drive, and summer fundraising events.

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

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