King Philip High School Students Participate in Lions Club Speech Contest

King Philip Regional School District
Paul Zinni, Superintendent
18 King Street
Norfolk, MA 02056

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 28, 2019

Media Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: [email protected]

King Philip High School Students Participate in Lions Club Speech Contest

NORFOLK — Superintendent Paul Zinni is pleased to announce that several King Philip Regional High School students recently participated in a speech writing and reading competition and three students were selected to move on to the next round of the statewide contest.

The competition was put on locally by the Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham Lions Clubs. The Massachusetts Lions Youth Speech Competition starts at the local level and then proceeds through multiple levels of regional competition, culminating in a statewide contest where five district winners will vie to be the best in the state.

The winners of the King Philip competition were:

  • 1st place: Hunter Cohen – Senior
  • 2nd place: Samantha El Massih – Senior
  • 3rd place: Benjamin Campanella – Junior
  • 1st runner-up: Stephen Patel – Junior
  • 2nd runner-up: Sam Woodward – Freshman

The top three finishers will continue on to the next level of the competition, with the runners-up eligible to step in should any of the other contestants be unable to participate.

The speech topic this year, Integrity: What Does It Look LIke?, provided the students an opportunity to develop and deliver a 5-8 minute speech.

The participants gathered at Novatos Bar & Grill in Norfolk on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and read their speeches aloud to a panel of judges. The scoring was based on delivery, effectiveness and text.

“Public speaking and being able to effectively communicate your message to others is an invaluable skill to have,” Superintendent Zinni said. “We are thankful to the Lions Club for putting on this speech competition and we wish our KP students luck as they proceed further into the contest.”

Details about future competitions can be found on the Norfolk Lions website here:

About the Lions Club

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