Rocklin High students learned the importance of public speaking and local issues last week. They were part of a Lions Club-hosted event, where three students spoke on the topic, “Water: Will California be left high and dry?” At the Rocklin Community Center last Tuesday evening, Niraj Amalkanti, Shawn Kim and Shane Sippinni gave presentations answering the question on water. Sippinni will go on to represent Rocklin in another competition. At the Feb. 17 event, the Rocklin students were judged by Chuck Kil-bourne of Valley View Elementary School, Shirley Nagazawa of Parker Whitney Elementary and Dyanne Streff, a retired speech-drama teacher at Victory High School. Retired Rocklin Unified School District administrator, John Lehmann, was the master of ceremonies. Sippinni was selected to represent the Rocklin Lions and the Rocklin community at the Lions zone-level competition and will go on to compete with speakers from high schools in Lincoln, Loomis and Auburn. The speak-off will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11 at the Portuguese Hall on Old Highway 40 in Newcastle.