Student Speaker Contest

The Lions Club Student Speaker Contest is open to high school students in Lions Multiple District 4, generally composed of clubs in California and Nevada.

Rules and helpful information concerning the contest can be found at

The contest provides an opportunity for competitive public speaking among high school students on a subject of vital interest to the contestants and to the American people as a whole. Topics are chosen

• To stimulate self-expression and independent thinking.
• To present to the public the problems surrounding the maintenance of this commonwealth as a free nation.
• To consider the means at our disposal of meeting the present and future world problems.

The contest is administered and funded by the “Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation, Inc.”, a California nonprofit corporation. This year the Foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500.00. From this amount, each of the fifteen District winners will receive a $4,500.00 scholarship, each of the four Area winners will receive an additional $6,500.00 scholarship and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000.00 scholarship. Each District winner will also have competed in contests at the Club, Zone, and Region level, winning awards or scholarships at each level.

The West Torrance Lions Club has sponsored a Club-level contest each year, inviting students from West Torrance High School. We have had many students advance to the Region level. Recent winners have included:

Einar Johnson, Shalin Patel, Frank Onderka

2012 Shalin Patel advanced to the Region Level
2011 Shalin Patel advanced to the Zone Level
2000 Nick Chapman advanced to the District Level
1999 Aubrey Manahan advanced to the Zone Level

Nick Chapman and Region Contestants

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