Hodges Takes 2020 Rotary Oratory Contest

Congratulations to Senior Sheila Hodges, winner of this year's 2020 Rotary Oratory Competition, presented by the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville! After winning the Orange Park Rotary competition in January, Sheila progressed to the Finals on Thursday, February 20, 2020. 

This year's speech topic was to "select a person in history (deceased and not related to you) who, by their achievements, would be an ideal person to improve life today, utilizing their talents, skills and today's advancements to "connect the world." Support your decision by historic reports, opinions by cultural experts and documentation you can deliver verbally." 

Competing against five other contestants from other area schools at WJCT studios, Sheila was victorious with her speech about Fred Rogers, discussing how he is the best person to help better-connect the world as evidenced by his many years of encouraging all to be good neighbors on his hit television program, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." 

As the contest champion, Sheila is the winner of a $5,000 scholarship. Congratulations, Sheila! 


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