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Rotary speech contestants ‘Dare Mighty Things’

HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE — Oak Ridge sophomores Garrett Brockschmitt, Emma Larsen, Alexa Hill, Matt Landay and Carina Williams, left to right, competed in this year's El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Speech Contest. Their speeches wrapped around Rotary International's theme, "Dare Mighty Things." Village Life photo by Noel Stack
HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE — Oak Ridge sophomores Garrett Brockschmitt, Emma Larsen, Alexa Hill, Matt Landay and Carina Williams, left to right, competed in this year's El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Speech Contest. Their speeches wrapped around Rotary International's theme, "Dare Mighty Things." Village Life photo by Noel Stack

HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE — Oak Ridge sophomores Garrett Brockschmitt, Emma Larsen, Alexa Hill, Matt Landay and Carina Williams, left to right, competed in this year's El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Speech Contest. Their speeches wrapped around Rotary International's theme, "Dare Mighty Things." Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Five Oak Ridge High School sophomores dared El Dorado Hills Rotarians and guests to do “mighty things” at the club’s annual speech contest Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Carina Williams, Matt Landay, Alexa Hill, Garrett Brockschmitt and Emma Larsen, all 15, spoke about dreams, perseverance and hope at the annual event. Landay’s speech retold the story of his brother, Marine Cpl. Jeff Landay, who suffered major injuries in Iraq but never gave up. He earned first place in the contest and moves on to the District 5180 semi-finals in March.

FIRST PLACE — El Dorado HillsRotary Club President Bill Tobin, left, and speech contest coordinator Kathe Russell, right, congratulate winner Matt Landay. The young man now moves on the Rotary District 5180 semi-finals in March. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson, Hands 4 Hope founder Jennifer Bassett and Rotarian Noel Stack judged the El Dorado Hills Rotary speech contest, which was coordinated by Rotarian Kathe Russell. The theme for this year’s contest is “Dare Might things,” Rotary District 5180’s latest motto.

Emma Larsen came in second and Carina Williams received third place recognition.

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