Oakdale High junior wins district speech contest
Marian Pagaduan of Oakdale High School won first place in a district-level speech contest sponsored by the Rotary District 5220. The event took place in Modesto at The Seasons Catering Multicultural Event Center on March 29 with Rotary members, families, and guests present. The recognition included a certificate and a check for $1,000.
The district-level contest was the final event in a three-stage competition. In all, Marian, a junior at Oakdale High School, won $1,300 for success in the club, area and district events. The contests are held each year by the Rotary clubs in the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Mother Lode.
Other speakers included Jonas Trevethan, a Turlock High senior who won $750 for second place, Riley Noland, a Modesto High sophomore who won $500 for third place, and Samantha Corgiat, a sophomore from Orestimba High who earned honorable mention.
“Changing Lives,” a play on Rotary International President Ron Burton’s annual theme, was the speech topic selected by Rotary District 5220 Gov. Marvin Williamson. James Dempsey of the Modesto East Rotary is the district speech contest chairman and host of the event.
The Rotary district includes 54 clubs in communities throughout the northern San Joaquin Valley and the Mother Lode.