Interact Members Speak Their Passions

West G. Interact Members Succeed at Rotary Speech Contest

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Julia and Marianna (L to R)

Great things keep happening here at West Geauga High School in the world of Rotary International and speeches ! Recently, senior Mariana Valdez-Punales and freshman Julia Martinez were seen placing and winning cash prizes at the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest held during a Rotary meeting at the Paganini Culinary School here in Chesterland at and Aurora High School.

What is the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest one may ask? Martinez explained it as a contest where one has to, “…address a topic and explain if it is ethical or not, using the 4-Way Rotary Test: Is it the truth ? Is it fair to all concerned ? Will it build goodwill and better friendships ? Lastly, is it beneficial to all concerned.” This was not an easy task, but the girls took command and ended up on the podium.

Valdez-Punales, who is involved with Academic Decathlon and Academic Challenge, prepared a speech on animal rights and abuse. With that she placed 1st and was awarded $150, a paperweight, and notepads. When asked what she gained from this experience she said, “A more comfortable feel of public speaking (which I already enjoyed thanks to Academic Decathlon) and more contacts.” She says that this experience, “…will help [me] be more professional in [my] delivery and presentation of projects.”

Martinez, who is involved with Student Council and Interact, prepared a speech on physician assisted suicide. With that she placed 2nd and was awarded $100. From this experience she feels she gained, “…confidence in speaking in front of people and how to elaborately share [my] point of view.” She said that, “This experience will help not only in school presentations but for future jobs as well.”

Interact Advisor, Mrs. Chelsea Talty said she,  “…hopes [her] students gain experience in public speaking, but more importantly that they have a better knowledge of Rotary and the 4-Way Test when they finish.”

Both girls, as well as Mrs. Talty believe that joining Rotary is a, “…great opportunity to speak about something you are passionate [about].”

Congrats to both ladies !