By Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal
Mohammad Raza, a junior at Sonora High School, took first prize in the La Habra Lion’s Club speech contest, last Tuesday at Westridge Country Club.
The annual contest brings local high school students together to compete in public speaking about a set topic. This year’s topic was “How do we create and keep jobs in America.”
Raza showed an extreme confidence in his speech, that he said comes from his time with the Speech and Debate Club at Sonora. In his speech, he argued that a lot of money can be filtered into the economy by bolstering tourism.
Raza was the only junior in the competition. The other two competitors were Seniors Katherine Rojas, from La Habra High School, and Hope Ludwinski from Troy High School.
“I think the event was great tonight,” said Lion’s Club President, John Creed. “It was great to see these kids stand up in front of all these people and give these speeches.”
Club member Karen Beele was in charge of the event and brought it all together.
“We had some talented and intelligent speakers, who have some incredible goals for their lives,” Beele said.
Ludwinski was the first contestant to speak. The 18-year-old senior hopes to attend Tufts University and study engineering.
Raza went second. The 16-year-old is very active at Sonora. He is the president of the Speech and Debate Club, involved with National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Fund.
Raza would like to attend MIT, University of Pennsylvania or UC Berkeley and major in business.
Rojas mentioned a few different career paths that she would like, but said that her first choice would be to become an SVU detective.
“I would like to attend St. John’s University and study forensics and criminal justice,” said Rojas.
Raza received $75 for winning, and Rojas and Ludwinski received $25 each.
Raza now moves on to the next leg of the competition, which could turn into a national event for him.
The next event will take place in Brea, on March 12, and will consist of winners from three or four different clubs.