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Bristol Area Lions Host Annual Speak Out Contest 04/15/2018

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Bristol Area Lions Speak Out contestants, from left Page Camp, Phoebe Pugh, Gus Hunt, Liam Cullina, Scott Peterson, and Victoria Melehov. (Photo courtesy Tom Rodrigues)

The Bristol Area Lions held its annual Speak Out contest on March 5 at the fellowship hall of the New Harbor Methodist Church. A delicious dinner of veggie lasagna, tossed salad and garlic bread followed by raspberry filled cookies was served by Deb’s Bristol Diner.  The speakers, parents and guests were sponsored by club members.

After dinner, the six Lincoln Academy students participating in the contest were introduced only by a previously drawn number by Lion David Kolodin, who had coordinated the event with the Lincoln Academy debate advisor Matt Leland.  Seven other students from the debate team will speak at the Damariscotta/Newcastle Lions Speak Out.  Since only two clubs will be at the regional competition at Lincoln Academy this year it was decided to select two winners from each club.  

The contestants chose their own topic and spoke on an issue they felt strongly about in a talk from 4-6 minutes long, with penalties for going over or under the allotted time. These speeches must be organized, logical, and presented with few or no notes.  At the conclusion of each speech, they were each asked two questions worded in such a way that required some reasoning or application of knowledge of the subject by Lion Tom Rodrigues and Bristol Town Administrator Chris Hall.   

The two winners were Liam Cullina, a junior, whose topic was “the electoral college of America” and Scott Peterson, a freshman, whose topic was “the artistic complexity of modern music.”  Third place was awarded to Victoria Melehov, a freshman, who advocated for “comprehensive national service.”   Page Camp, a junior, spoke on “the importance of public transportation;” Phoebe Pugh, a senior, addressed “the global gag rule,” and Gus Hunt, a junior, topic was “the power of music.” 

The performance of the speakers in several different categories was judged by Lions Bill Byrnes, Brendan Donegan and Pastor Kelly Harvell of the New Harbor Church. The Speak Out timekeeper was Lion Walt Johansson. The winner of the regional Speak Out contest at Lincoln Academy, will compete at the state Speak Out at the Samoset Resort in Rockport on Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. 

The next meeting of the Bristol Area Lions will be on March 19 and will take place at Deb’s Diner in Bristol Mills.  The meal will be corned beef and cabbage, with a salad, rolls, dessert, and coffee. The speaker will be Leslie Livingston, Executive Director of Healthy Kids. To make dinner reservations, 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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