Students at West Forsyth High School recently completed a speech contest held by the Rotary Club of Clemmons on the topic of “Student Ethics / the Rotary Four-Way Test”. The contest was completely voluntary, and 112 WFHS student submitted speeches. The initial 112 entries were read and judged by a panel of Clemmons Rotarians, to get down to the 10 finalists. The 10 finalists then made verbal speech presentations to a Rotary Panel of judges. The “Top 4” speeches were determined, and these four students then presented them to the Rotary Club of Clemmons members last Wednesday. The contest winners are: 1st Claire Shu, 2nd Emmanuellene Shallua, 3rd Jamie Ainsworth, 4th Jenna Whitner. 1st Place Winner Claire Shu will now compete in the Rotary District Speech Competition on February 28.

Left to Right: Kevin McIntosh – WFHS Teacher, Claire Shu – 1st place, Emmanuellene Shallua – 2nd place, Jamie Ainsworth – 3rd place, Jenn Whitener – 4th place, Dr. Aaron Horne – Rotarian

Left to Right: Kevin McIntosh – WFHS Teacher, Claire Shu – 1st place, Emmanuellene Shallua – 2nd place, Jamie Ainsworth – 3rd place, Jenn Whitener – 4th place, Dr. Aaron Horne – Rotarian

Dr. Aaron Horne, VP of Vocational Services with the Clemmons Rotary Club managed the contest and said “This year we received more entries than in the past, and most were very well done. Plus, the support of the WFHS Teaching Staff was fantastic”. Dan Greer, Rotary President-Elect and part of the judging panel said “The majority of the speeches submitted were quite positive in nature, and provided a real-world look into what subjects are most important to today’s high school students”.

West Forsyth High School teachers Kevin McIntosh and Brian Bowman were responsible for coordinating the speech program with the students, and for gathering the initial speech contest entries.