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Mikayla Kopp Wins District In Lions Club Student Speakers Contest

NORTH FORK – A Minarets High School student has taken top honors at the District level of the 77th annual Lions Club Student Speakers Contest.

Mikayla Kopp, 17-year-old senior at Minarets, competed in San Ramon on Saturday, Apr. 26, and was awarded $4,500 in scholarships for her speech on the subject, “Community Service – What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter.”

She is sponsored by the North Fork Lions Club and was cheered on by a contingent of Lions and their spouses including Jon and Judi Norby, Gene and Georgia Harvey, and Jerry and Irene Miller, who traveled to San Ramon to support their rising star.

Mikayla becomes the second student from North Fork to advance past the third level in the annual competition, and has so far earned $4,875 to put toward her college career. She plans to attend Fresno State and study Agricultural Education.

Last year’s winner Breanna Cairns, also a senior at Minarets, went on to compete in the finals in Torrance, and won over $11,000 in scholarships from the Lions Club.

Mikayla took first place at the Club level in North Fork in February, won the Zone in Oakhurst in March, and also finished first at Region, held on Mar. 29 at Minarets High School in O’Neals.

Student speakers are judged on originality, adherence to the subject matter, presentation of supporting evidence and a clearly stated conclusion. Their delivery is also evaluated, with points for enunciation, pronunciation, voice control, sincerity, enthusiasm and poise.

Mikayla now moves on to the next level which will be the Area competition, scheduled for Linden in mid-May. If she continues her winning streak there, she will compete in the State of California Finals on June 7 in Pasadena. Mikayla has a chance to earn over $21,000 in scholarships.

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