MEDWAY — Superintendent Armand Pires and Medway High School Principal John Murry are pleased to announce that senior Greg Capalbo recently participated in the Massachusetts Lions District 33K Youth Speech Competition and was the runner-up.
“This is an exciting achievement for Greg and our Leo Club, and I’d like to congratulate him on his outstanding work throughout the many levels of competition,” Principal Murray said. “Our appreciation and thanks also goes to Joan Hallett for encouraging and guiding contestants throughout the process and in the midst of a unique school year.”
The Youth Speech Competition is an annual contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Lions Club that provides high school students the opportunity to deliver a 5-8 minute speech on a designated topic of interest. The 2020-2021 speech topic was “Is winning everything?” The scoring for each speech is based on delivery, effectiveness and text.
Before competing in the District 33K Competition, Capalbo won the Medway Lions Club competition. Students worked with Joan Hallett, Medway High School teacher and the adviser of the Medway Leo Club, to prepare for the competitions. The Leo Club is a service-oriented club and the youth program of the Lions Club.
Capalbo went on to the five-town Lions Zone competition where he competed against just under 20 other students from Franklin, Medfield, Millis and Holliston. Usually, students who win the Zone competition would go on to compete at the Region competition, however the Region level was not held this year.
Capalbo then competed in the District 33K Competition which took place virtually on Saturday, Feb. 13. District 33K consists of 45 clubs in the greater Boston area, and Capalbo finished as runner-up. The top competitor at the District level moves on to compete against other districts at the State competition.
“We are extremely proud of Greg for his hard work and all he accomplished during this contest, and we hope it will encourage more students to participate in the Youth Speech Contest in coming years,” Hallett said.
About the Lions Club
Founded in 1917, the International Association of Lions Clubs are recognized for service to the blind and visually impaired, as well as diabetes awareness and assistance to the hearing impaired. Lions Club International is the largest service club organization in the world with over 1.3 million members worldwide.
Leo Clubs aim to provide the youth of the world with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community. More than 150,000 young people in 139 countries around the world are proud to volunteer to serve others in their local communities. Leo Club members are between the ages of 12 and 30.
Read more about the Massachusetts Lions Youth Speech Competition here.