A speech on poverty and how the youth of America could learn and contribute to the world wide issue won the Rotary's Four Way Test Speech Contest on Sunday afternoon.

Freer High School junior Lyndsey Alaniz won the area contest and a $150 scholarship.

Alaniz has won the Freer Rotary Contest for the second year in a row.

The other two contestants were Alice High School student Jose Perez and Three Rivers High School student Ashley Zamzow.

The participants had five to seven minutes to present a speech in a certain topic that answers four questions. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concern?

After the students gave their speeches, the judges got together and announced the winners.

The purpose of the contest is to help youth, Rotarians and the community-at-large to more completely understand, encourage, and foster the principles of Rotary and the objects of “Service Above Self.”

Alaniz advances to the District Contest on April 2 in Corpus Christi.