OAKHURST – The two finalists in the Rotary Speech competition were separated by just one point when all was said and done.
High school finalists Rose Curley and William Fontana presented their remarks in a five-minute, timed competition in Oakhurst on Feb. 24, at the Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary meeting.
Curly, a junior at Yosemite High School and was the first to present her speech with the required theme of, “Dream, Act, Win, Now.” She had competed three weeks earlier at the sponsoring club, Oakhurst Sierra (Noon) Rotary and won first place among other students at Yosemite.
William Fontana, a sophomore from Mariposa High School had also competed earlier and won his local competition at the Mariposa Rotary Club. Both candidates spoke with confidence and had good command of the topic, say organizers.
Judging was conducted by a five-member panel from Oakhurst and Mariposa Rotary clubs. Over 1,000 points were tallied for the two candidates, with only one point separating first and second place. The winner was Fontana. He will be speaking at the next level of competition in Modesto at the end of March. Checks were presented to both Fontana and Curly amounting to almost $400.