Amanda Ginster of Three Rivers won the Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest on Sunday, March 22 and is headed to the District competition.
Ginster, daughter of Michael and Consuelo Ginster, spoke on the biggest decision of her life and how she made her decision based on the speech's four questions.
"My biggest decision was what to do for the rest of my life," she said. "I am going into nursing."
Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Those were the questions the speech had to reflect during the contest.
She has been accepted to the nursing program at Victoria College. “I'm very happy,” she said. “I researched the Rotary Club and during my speech I really had to focus.”
Ginster has Attention Deficit Disorder, but she does not let it get in the way of speaking.
“I like public speaking,” Ginster said.
Ginster won a $150 scholarship.
She moves on to the Rotary District Speech Contest on March 28 at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center in Corpus Christi where she has a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship.
Lyndsey Alaniz, sophomore at Freer High School, placed second earning a $100 scholarship. She spoke on teen suicide and how to prevent it.
Alice High School senior Hunter Garza talked about the Boys Scouts of America's benefits and how he enjoyed the different aspects of the organization. Garza got third place and a $50 scholarship.
Judges were Constable Arturo Martinez, Linda Avila and Jerry Retzloff.