O’NEALS – This past February, 17-year-old Breanna Cairns participated in the Lions Club Student Speaker Contest in North Fork. It was the first of five straight wins for the Minarets High School senior.
Breanna become the first student from North Fork to advance past the 3rd level in the annual competition, and on June 1, she traveled to Torrance, Ca, with her family, coach and a contingent of North Fork Lions to compete at the 6th and top level of the 76th annual Multiple District 4 Lions Club International Student Speaker Contest.
Breanna competed against three other finalists from California, where students took the podium to speak on the topic “How Do We Create and Keep Jobs in America?” Though she didn’t take the top prize, Breanna far surpassed anyone from her area in all the years of the competition by making it all the way to the finals.
“To accomplish that is pretty spectacular,” says Student Speaker Contest Chairman Jon Norby. “We are very proud of her.”
Winning the contest in her town (North Fork), she then went on to finish first in the Zone, Region, District and Area competitions.
Breanna won $11,325 during her very impressive run, which was a nice chunk of the $103,500 awarded this year by the Lions 4th District Student Speakers Foundation.
Proud mom Becky Cairns says Breanna has been accepted at Cal Poly for the fall term, and will be majoring in communications.
“All the North Fork Lions were so supportive,” she says. “This was a wonderful opportunity.”
Breanna was also part of the team from Minarets that won the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure contest in Indianapolis in October 2012, where she also took top prize as the National Debate Champion.