Gibson wins Rotary speech contest


SIDNEY — Sarah Gibson, a senior at Lehman Catholic High School, was named the winner of the Sidney Rotary Club’s 2019 Four Way Speech Contest, following competition during the Rotary Club meeting, Feb. 25.

Gibson’s speech,”What Is Truth?,” bested those by seven other contestants. Alexandria Baughman, a senior at Christian Academy Schools, who spoke about sports, came in second. Third place went to Alijah Jackson, a junior at Sidney High School, whose topic was “Facing a Challenge in Life.”

Gibson will compete in the district contest at Wright State University, March 31.

Judges in Sidney were Toastmaster members Michelle Dirchen, Tim Snyder and Beckie Trudeau and Rotarians Wayne Thompson and Duane Gaiaer.

Other students who presented speeches were Emma Wilt, a senior at Fort Loramie High School, “When I Grow Up”; Meghan Bell, a senior at Fairlwan High School, “Service above Self”; Emma Mcname, a junior at Botkins High School, “The Mysticality of Music”; Nate Arseneau, a junior at Hardin-Houston High School, “Foster Care”; and Harmony Johnson, a sophomore at Hardin-Houston High School, “Life of an Addict.”

All the speakers had to incorporate the elements of the Rotary four way test into their talks. The test asks, “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial?”

Between the student speeches, Rotary members gave short presentations about club activities, including media relations, the club Christmas party, youth development, the club pancake breakfast, International Rotary, scholarships, membership and club participation.