Oakwood Students Triumph at Multiple Community Speech Competitions
Oakwood Students Triumph at Multiple Community Speech Competitions

Morgan Hill Rotary Speech Contest

Sofia Ruster

Oakwood Students have been triumphant at local speech competitions, showing that we do truly foster a culture of jubilant self-expression, helping students blossom into dynamic, self-confident communicators.

Last week High School Junior Sofia Ruster won the AAUW Morgan Hill Branch Speech Trek Contest. The topic was: "How can we–students, parents, faculty, our communities, and organizations such as AAUW–eliminate violence aimed at our schools? What actions can we take to prevent another tragedy from taking place?" Sophia's powerful speech addressed the need for counseling and support for mental health. "Prevention starts within our schools." "Communication and conflict resolution can be used as vital skills for students to create connections with other and instill in them empathy for those different from themselves." The State Speech Trek judges will invite the top three finalists to compete for the state prize in San Diego in April.

On Wednesday, a couple of our high school students competed in the annual Morgan Hill Rotary Speech contest. The topic was "He who serves best profits the most." Contestants had 4-5 minutes to speak to the assembled guests and judges. Oakwood Sophomore Lili Jaquet took first place and will continue to the next level at the Hollister Rotary Club meeting on February 25. Junior Shria Bulusu earned second place honors and will serve as the alternate if Lili is unavailable. Oakwood speakers have now held the trophy for nine of the past 11 years.

Congratulations to the Oakwood students on all of your hard work and success!