SB Lions president Judy McGivney presents a check for $200 to Fathima Sameen upon congratulating her for winning the Lions “Speak Out” Contest. L to R: Lion Bill Moulton, Sec/Treasurer, Fathima Sameen and Lion Judy McGivney, president of the South Burlington Lions.


Sameen Takes 1st Place in Lions Club “Speak Out” contest

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Thursday February 24, 2011

Resident Fathima Sameen, a junior at South Burlington High School, radiated her vision of a “Beacon of Hope” for the judges at the South Burlington Lions Club’s first Annual “Speak Out” public speaking contest held at South Burlington High School the evening of February 12.  The contest was open to 11th and 12th grade students at high schools around the state of Vermont in contests sponsored by local Lions clubs.

Fathima was awarded the 1st place price of $200 and the right to go on to the statewide competition at Rutland on March 5th.  She will compete against the other local winners in the state finals sponsored by District 45 Lions, the Lions of Vermont, Lion Sherry Lee Juaire, District Governor.  Lion Jackie Dutil from the Brandon/Forest Dale Lions Club is the chairperson of the state contest.  Prizes at the state/district level are: 1st Place: $300, 2nd Place: $150 and 3rd Place: $75.

Judging criteria for the contest is 20 points for addressing the theme, 50 points for developing the theme and 30 points for expression and delivery.  Contestants are advised that judges may direct one question on the subject to the speaker at the conclusion of the speech.

Congratulations to Fathima Sameen and good luck at the state competition in Rutland.

SOURCE: SB Lion's Club