Vocational Service


Rotary District 7120 is holding an oratorical contest open to all high school juniors.  

One of four semifinal competitions was held at Brighton High School on Tuesday, March 1, with nine students from the area competing.  

The topic of the contest is, “The importance of ethics in the life I plan to lead.” In considering this subject students were asked to consider Rotary’s “Four Way Test.”

“Of the things we think, say, or do:

• Is it the truth?

• Is it fair to all concerned?

• Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

• Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

Each student was required to present a speech on this topic of between 5 and 7 minutes in length.

Three judges graded the students on the basis of speech content and speech delivery.

The winners of the Brighton contest were Christian Baker, from Williamson Central School and sponsored by the Williamson Rotary Club, won first place.

Nikhil Benesch, from Brighton High School and sponsored by the Brighton Rotary Club, placed second.

Leila Bocanegra, from Our Lady of Mercy and sponsored by the Rochester Latino Rotary Club, placed third.

Christian received a cash award of $700, and Nikhil received $300. Both students advance to the district finals, which will be held March 26 at SUNY Brockport. Leila will serve as an alternate if one of the first two winners is unable to compete.

The winners of the finals are eligible to receive a scholarship from one of 11 local colleges and universities.

Rotary extends its congratulations to all the students competing each of which did an outstanding job in outlining how ethics will play an important part of their lives.