Students earn Rotary nod

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Reagan Heck

R. Heck

The Rotary club consists of people willing to do anything it takes to make our community and our world a better, and more accepting place to live in. Every year, teachers from schools all over the area pick students to participate in the Rotary competition to give a speech on a personal experience to make the world a better place.

Pete Moore, a teacher at Kings, instructs a Speech class every semester. Moore is in charge of nominating exceptional students to take part in the Rotary competition. This year, he picked Mackenzie Mettey and Nick Froehlich to write, memorize, and give a speech in front of an audience with the chance to move on to the second and third rounds. 

The first Rotary Competition took place on March 3, where Mettey and Froehlich presented their speeches. Mettey was the overall winner, winning $200 and moving on to the next round which took place on March 22 at Wright State.

Mettey first enrolled in speech class her junior year to help improve her stage fright. Not long after being in the class, she realized that she liked public speaking, and believed it was something she was good doing.

After giving a few speeches, Moore noticed Mettey’s speech potential. “One day Mr. Moore asked if I wanted to take part in the rotary four-way speech contest. I had no way of knowing that it would take me this far,” Mettey said.

Moore picked the students he thought demonstrated the strongest speech skills within a semester of his class. “My favorite part of the experience was watching the speeches evolve as the students worked on them,” Moore said.

Being a teacher, Moore enjoyed seeing one of his students thrive outside of school.“I knew how much work Mackenzie put into revising, tweaking, memorizing, and rehearsing her speech. It’s thrilling to see her hard work pay off,” Moore said.

Mettey wrote a speech addressing derogatory terms we use as a culture, including personal experiences and events. “I want people to take away the fact that using derogatory words like ‘retard’ and ‘gay’ is never okay. I want them to reevaluate the very words that leave their lips,” Mettey said.

Through her speech, Mettey encourages others to think before they speak and to leave a positive impact on people’s lives. “I believe that if we do this, the world could be a much more happy and accepting place to live in,” Mettey said.

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