The club’s Four-Way Test Speech Competition was held, with four speakers from Carlsbad High School. The students’ had to give an original speech on any topic of their choosing, but incorporating the Four-Way Test. Speeches had to be five to seven minutes long, with point deductions for speeches too short or too long. Speakers were judged on delivery, supporting information, preparation, premise, etc. The club’s winner received $100 and moves onto a regional competition. Second place received $75, and the two runners-up each received $50. All speakers are members of the school’s Speech and Debate Club, mentored by English teacher Minnia Curtis.
The students’ topics were all on thoughtful subjects. The winner was Katelyn Lewis, a sophomore, who spoke on the danger of taking influenza for granted and the value of developing a universal vaccination. Second was sophomore Raina Seth, who urged that time is running out for eliminating space trash. Runners-up were juniors Ryan Read and Adriana Amanti. Read discussed how the impossible really is possible, given time. Amanti talked about the need, and ways, to eliminate collegiate homelessness.
Speakers, from left: Ryan Read, Adriana Amanti, Raina Seth and Katelyn Lewis