Posted on Mar 09, 2019
Each year, high school students chosen by more than 50 Rotary Clubs in our district compete in an annual speech contest.  The purpose of the contest is to build a variety of skills in high school students.  They are tasked with selecting a topic of their choice, then researching and developing a speech build around the current Rotary Theme.  This year's theme is, "Be the Inspiration."   Riya Kataria from Irvington High School (pictured at left) won our club level contest.  She went on to place second in the Area level contest on March 7.  Riya's speech described how, as a young child, she was inspired by her grandmother to be her own person.  She has taken that inspiration to heart and decided that she wants to be the inspiration for others by benefitting her community.  She has set a goal for herself to become a congress member by the time she is 26.