Senior Ethan Barrett Is Speech Contest Winner

People / Dec. 10, 2009 3:35pm EST

The winner of Randolph Rotary Club’s ninth annual speech contest is Randolph Union High School senior Ethan Barrett.

In a very close contest, Ethan won top honors over three underclassmen last Thursday at Rotary’s meeting, held at the Three Stallion Inn.

He won $100 and will be in line to win up to $1000 if he can prevail in the next three rounds of the contest, which is sponsored by District 7850, including clubs in Vermont, New Hampshire and Quebec.

The other competitors Thursday were sophomores Tiffany Gast and Dani Gagnon and junior Alex Sabo.

All of them gave five-minute speeches on the same topic, which commented on Rotary’s “Four-Way Test of the Things We Say and Do.”

The four were coached by RUHS English teacher Tina O’Donnell. She was assisted in coaching by Danielle Luther, who was last year’s Randolph winner.

The speech contest is a favorite event for Rotary members.

“We love having high school students join us for lunch for any reason,” said Herald editor Dick Drysdale, who organizes the contest with Mrs. O’Donnell.

“And it’s a bonus to hear them present their thoughts so well and articulately.”

Past Successes

Randolph winners have done especially well in the subsequent contests.

After Danielle Luther won the Randolph contest last year, she went on to win two subsequent rounds, before falling in the final round. She ended up winning $500.

In 2007, RUHS senior Lauren Soares, who won the Randolph contest twice, went all the way to win the district championship.

Another former double winner, who won the District contest in 2004, took her speaking experience to a national level last week.

Jane Seymour of Randolph Center, now a student at Haverford College, gave an enthusiastically received speech on the Washington Mall before hundreds of onlookers at a rally regarding the national health bill currently before Congress.

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