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Winner of F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club speech contest

By Helen Kennedy

UNION CITY, Calif. -- Sohabe Mojaddidy of James Logan High School won the F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club’s Youth Speech Contest on February 23, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Union City.

The speech contest is held annually by the clubs in Rotary District 5170. This year’s topic was “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity” and Mojaddidy’s speech was based on the premise that to embrace humanity we must respect humanity.

One of the essential requirements of the contest is that each speech incorporates Rotary’s 4-Way Test that serves Rotarians as a guide for everyday living. Rotary’s 4-Way Test examines the things we say and do: 1) Is it the truth? 2) Is it fair to all concerned? 3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Rotary Clubs of District 5170 sponsor the Richard D. King Annual Youth Speech Contest with three objectives in mind: 1) To help young people know the importance of speaking effectively before a group; 2) To expand public knowledge, especially among young people, of what Rotary is and does throughout the world; 3) To allow high school students the opportunity to compete for $1,550.00 in prize money. The money is awarded with “no strings attached,” but it is hoped it will be used to further the student’s education.

Mojaddidy won a $100 prize from the F.U.N. Sunset competition and advances to the Rotary’s Area Speech Contest where he will compete against other Rotary local contest winners for a First Place prize of $200 and Second Place prize of $100.00. The Area Speech Contest will take place on Thursday, March 1, at 12:15 p.m. at Washington Hospital West.

The winner of the Area contest will move on to the Regional contest on March 23, 2012 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose. The top two speakers will then have an opportunity to compete in the District Finals on April 4, 2012 at the Doubletree Hotel in San Jose.

The second place winner was Michael Xu and Kelsey Glenn was placed third. All three competitors are students at James Logan High School and participate in the nationally-renowned Forensics program led by teacher Tommie Lindsay.

For more information, visit or contact Membership Director Elaine Wong-Bigel at (510) 381-9989.

Winners of F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club Speech Contest, (l-r) Michael Xu (second place), Kelsey Glenn (third place) and Sohabe Mojaddidy (first place).

Winner Sohabe Mojaddidy (l) with F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club President Joseph Palafox (r)

Second place winner Michael Xu (l) with F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club President Joseph Palafox (r)

Third place winner Kelsey Glenn (l) with F.U.N. Sunset Rotary Club President Joseph Palafox (r)

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