Students give community service speeches
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS
Four speech finalists, comprised of students from Marian Catholic (MC) and the Panther Valley (PV) high schools, received certificates and monetary awards during the Tamaqua Lady Harmony Rebekah Lodge No. 86 Community Service Speech Competition held Tuesday evening at the First United Methodist Church in Tamaqua. Students from the Tamaqua Area High School also participated. Members and guests were also treated to snacks and refreshments during the program. Alice Taylor, Chaplain, Lady Harmony Rebekah Lodge, stated her appreciation to the judges, visitors and state officers of the Lodge. The speeches were judged on financial viability, community effectiveness, presentation and overall effort. Pictured from front left are first place winner Jake Tokosh, senior, PV, who spoke about the importance of combining area food banks; second place winner Sara Fatula, senior, MC, who spoke about the creation of community cleanup organization soley dedicated to cleaning areas of a community; and third place winner Olivia Schugardt, sophmore, MC, who spoke about the importance of creating an organization that routinely focuses on the prevention of suicides. From back left were Taylor; Kate Bailey, Nobel Grand, Lady Harmony; and Judith Wert, President, Rebekah Assembly of PA. Not pictured was fourth place winner Monica Baranko, sophmore, MC.