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Local students compete at 74th Lions Speech Contest

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Lions Clubs through out California have given students an opportunity to expand research, organizational and speaking skills. In years past, Lions have selected timely and current topics upon which to speak – Water: Will California be high and dry, Cloning, the Internet: Villain or Foe. This year’s topic is “Enforcing our Borders: State vs. Federal Rights.” Niraj Amalkanti and Rahul Verma from Rocklin High and Noor Bhangu from Whitney High spoke to the topic with great skill. These students were judged by David Pope, a retired Rocklin Unified administrator, Shirley Nagasawa of Parker Whitney Elementary School and Dyanne Streff a retired speech-drama teacher at Victory High School. Retired Rocklin Unified School administrator John Lehmann was the Master of Ceremonies. Amalkanti was selected to represent the Rocklin Lions and the Community of Rocklin at the Lions Eureka Zone competition. Amalkanti will go on to compete with speakers from high schools in Lincoln, Loomis and Auburn. This speak-off will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 541 Fifth St, in Lincoln. The public and interested people are invited to attend. The Rocklin Lions thank the teachers, parents, students and community members for participating in this worthy event.  ~Staff report