Colpitts wins Zone 3A Lions' Speak-Out Competition
AMHERST-A high school senior will be representing Zone 3A next month in Sydney, Nova Scotia after winning the Lionsâ Speak Out contest this past Saturday in Amherst.
Sarah Colpitts, a grade 12 student who attends Parrsboro Regional High School, spoke about how Facebook changed the world.
âI am here to talk to you about the influence of social media (especially Facebook) and how it has changed the world,â stated Colpitts.
Colpittsâ well-organized speech, which grew out of a high school English assignment, postulated that Facebook was used to organize the Arab Spring movement of 2011 in Egypt.
âConsidering that roughly 80% of Facebookâs monthly users live outside of Canada and the United States,â claims Colpitts, âit is not surprising that Facebook prompted the Egyptian uprising.â
As the winner of the zone speak-out competition, Colpitts received $75.00. In addition, she was given $100.00 for meals and $155.60 for lodging when she and a chaperone travel to Sydney, Nova Scotia in late April to compete at the District Convention.
âIt feels good to have won,â stated Colpitts. âIt was a great experience.â
Fellow Parrsboro Regional High School senior and Parrsboro Lionsâ Club representative Destiny Hoeg a finished second while Morgan Brine, a grade 11 student who attends River Hebert District High School, placed third.
Brine represented the Amherst Lions Club, site of Saturdayâs speak-out contest.
Hoeg, who spoke about the Denver International Airport Conspiracy Theory, received $50.00 while Brine, who spoke about the serious issue of bullying, received $25.00.
âThe speak-out competition instills skills for later on in life when they have to talk and speak out publicly,â said Lion Rubin Millard. âIt prepares (young people) for life.â
Mayor Robert Small, CFTAâs Geoff De Gannes and Val Currier formed the judgesâ panel while Barry Patriquin and Dan Yarymowich filled the roles of questioners.