As these students delivered their speeches, the audience was both impressed and inspired. You see, the theme for this year's Rotary Speech Contest was, "Be the Inspiration". These students did not disappoint! 
The speeches were required to be the original work of the contestant, be between 4 and 5 minutes in length, and to incorporate at least one of the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test as follows:
Of the things we think, say or do:
1 - Is is the truth?
2 - Is it fair to all concerned?
3 - Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4 - Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
We were fortunate to have Mr. Jim Hart, Santa Cruz County Sheriff, Mr. Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Superintendent, and Mr. Bruce McPherson, 5th District Supervisor, as the judges for the speech contest. It was an honor to have these three gentlemen serve as judges at this event.
The top two winners were:
1st Place - Terry Cole, Santa Cruz
2nd Place - Hunter Reid, Kirby School
Terry (first place winner) now has the opportunity to advance to the Rotary's Regional Speech Contest where he will compete against other Rotary regional contest winners for a First Place prize of $1,000.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the students that participated in the Rotary Speech Contest!
From left to right:
Hunter Reid, (9th grade) Kirby School
Malakai Lawton, (12th grade) SLV High School
Terry Cole, (12th grade) Santa Cruz
Holden Barker, (10th grade) Aptos High School
Anika Mistry, (10th grade) Scotts Valley High School
Five County Students
From left to right:
Terry Cole - First Place Winner
Mr. Jim Hart, Santa Cruz County Sheriff
Mr. Faris Sabbah, Santa Cruz County Superintendent
Mr. Bruce McPherson, 5th District Supervisor
First Place Winner with Contest Judges
Source: Vickie Bergquist, Exec. Asst. to Superintendent