Six participants from the Caldwell County High School competed Tuesday, March 3, in the annual Princeton Rotary Club speech contest. The contest provides an opportunity for students to learn more about Rotary, develop written and oral communication skills, offer financial assistance through awards for placement and for Rotarians to enrich the lives of students in order that they may someday also serve humanity and make connections through Rotary.

“Rotary Connects the World,” this year’s topic, was chosen by Rotary International President Mark Maloney. Students were judged on criteria such as enunciation and pronunciation, expressiveness, use of imagination, human interest approach, relation to the subject and clarity of their ideas. Serving as judges this year were Raymond Giannini, representing the community at large; and Melissa Earnest and Laura Klubert, representing the local Rotary club. Rotarians Roy Burris and JD Wilson served as time keepers, and Rotarians James Alan Boone and Brad Harralson served as tellers for the contest. Rotarian Geneva Malone served as contest chair.

Students participating included Noah Helphenstine, Cassidy Jackson, Emilee Martin, Rachel McClung, John Thomas Parades and Katy Trimble. Martin won first place; McClung came in second; and Jackson came in third. Rotary club president Stacy Boone presented the winners with checks. Martin now advances to the sectional contest.