Posted by Matt Risi
On Tuesday, March 12, Old Mission Rotary hosted one of the second round competitions of District 5340's Four Way Test Speech Contest.  The Four Way Test Speech contestants have between 5-7 minutes to speak and must relate their topic to the Rotary Four Way Test.  Competition Chair, Eric Benink, shared the Mark Twain quote: "There are two types of speakers - those who get nervous and those who are liars."  
Kun Sreypick Chhea argued that education is a human right.  She immigrated to the US from Cambodia and she contrasted her school experiences in her native land to here at City Heights Charter Prep Academy.  Her personal experiences made her talk very engaging and credible.  Kun was sponsored by the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Club.  She is a junior and is thinking about attending USD to study environmental science.
Alyssa Chavez delivered a poignant talk about organ transplants and her frustration at the lack of organ donors when the need is so great.    Alyssa is a junior at Hoover High School and is a member of the Interact Club.  She is interested in journalism and was sponsored by Rotary Club 33.
Cole Mullins is a junior at Coronado High School and started out life struggling with his speech.  Speech therapy gave him confidence to tackle the challenge of public speaking.  He is a member of the school's Interact Club.  Cole is looking forward to an East Coast college experience and hopes to study medicine or dentistry.  Cole was sponsored by the Coronado Rotary Club.
Kai da Luz focused his speech on the outrageous cost of higher education.  He proposed a plan, inspired by the post-war GI bill where students can work at government jobs to subsidize their tuition.  Kai is a sophomore at Saint Augustine High School and looks forward to studying either medicine or law.  
Sophia Rogers was on fire!  She passionately called upon women to express themselves with anger and rage.  She is upset that woman are stereotyped as quiet and docile.  She argued that feminism needs to be fueled by fury and transformed into action.  Sophia is a senior at Helix Charter High School and will attend Vanderbilt University next year where she will dual major in communications and political science.  She was sponsored by the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club.
Cole Mullins and Sophia Rogers were selected to advance to the next round of the competition.
Photo: (L-R): Old Mission Rotary Club Chairman, Eric Benink with contestants Kai da Luz, Alyssa Chavez, Kun Sreypich Chhea, Cole Mullins and Sophia Rogers.