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Lung places first in Rotary speech contest
Ceres High School student Evan Lung placed first in the Rotary Area 12 speech contest held March 2 and hosted by the Ceres Rotary Club.

As the winner, Lung will compete in the Rotary District 5220 final contest held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9 at the Ceres Unified School District office.

Evan, a senior at Whitmore Charter High School, is the son of Steve and Marcee Lung.

Second place went to Grayson Blakeley who won in the Turlock Rotary speech contest while third place went to Philadelphia Deal. She won the Turlock Sunrise Rotary speech contest.

Mary C. Jones, president of the Ceres Rotary Club of Ceres and the area chair who hosted the event.

"All speakers presented interesting speeches on how they, others and Rotary International work to serve the community and the world," said Jones.

Judging the contest were Toastmasters members Richard Shahbazian, Anthony Edwards and Stu Bennett. All provided excellent critiquing of the student speakers.

"All of the speakers did an amazing job," commented Debbi Bukko, one of the contest organizers.

While the judges made their decision, District Governor Donald Murphy of the Salida Rotary Club delivered remarks.

"Building Communities - Bridging Continents" is the 2011 Rotary International theme and was the topic selected by Murphy.