Being able to speak passionately and persuasively about topics that can make a difference in the lives of those in need is a valuable asset to community leaders — and leaders in training.
On Tuesday, Turlock High senior Jonas Trevethan put his oratory talents on display and took first place in the Rotary Club of Turlock's annual speech contest. Trevethan won a certificate of recognition for his efforts and $125.
The topic of this year's contest was "Changing Lives," and Trevethan focused his speech on his efforts to raise funds for cancer research and treatment.
"One thing that was very impressive was he talked for about five to eight minutes and never looked at his notes. His presentation was very polished and professional," said Rotary spokesperson Bob Stammerjohan.
Mara Partino and Alaya Hubbard, also students at Turlock High School, competed with Trevethan and were runner ups in a close contest. All three are members of the THS Speech Team.
Tevethan will move on to compete in the area speech contest. The first prize winner in the area contest continues on to the Rotary district speech contest, and a chance to win prizes from $500 to $1,000. The Rotary district includes 54 clubs in communities throughout the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Mother Lode.