Our six speech contestants, above, one from Del Campo H.S. and five from Victory Christian H. S.
Speech Chair Phil Danz kicked off the contest by welcoming everyone and going over the rules. He then began the contest by welcoming each speaker (by number) and each gave a 5 to 8 minute speech on the topic "Be a Gift to the World".
The contestants were remarkably good and the Judges had a difficult time picking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners, but did award $200 to Sarah Freese and an invitation to the Regional Speech Contest on April 4th at the Double Tree Inn (Sacramento);  2nd place and $100 went to Karina Kamyshin; 3rd and $50 was awarded to Victoria Neptune. 
Others, coming in a close 4th were Sam Villalpando, Tanner Coppernoll, and Victoria Buszinski.
Kudos are in order for those who made the contest work, George Abraham, who acted as co-chair and helped set everything up; Timekeeper Stan Roe; Judges Shyama Chakorboty, Jay Dudley ( Alan Gallaway's friend from Toastmasters) and Judy Sweeney. The tellers were Everett & Donna Thorne; and our menacing Sgt. at Arms duo, John Walton and Stephen Girard. Also impressive were the 10-15 parents and family who were there to support the contestants. (Thanks to Terry Sweeney for helping with the "notes" and to Tim Marquess for taking pictures, some are below:)
Teacher Shannan Shope with Victory Christian 
High School students.
The Winner, Sarah Freese from Del Campo
High School
Assistant Governor Jennifer Curtsinger Contestants & their Families