Qiu wins Westborough Lions speech contest


Qiu wins Westborough Lions speech contest
Grace Qiu and Lions Youth Speech Chair Susan Ash (Photo/Westborough Lions Club)

WESTBOROUGH – Grace Qiu, a sophomore at Worcester Academy, won this year’s Westborough Lions Youth Speech Contest on Nov. 28 at Central One Federal Credit Union.

She was one of four high school students from Westborough who participated in the competition.

Also in attendance was state Rep. Kate Donaghue (D-Westborough).

Qiu wins Westborough Lions speech contest
From left: King Lion Burton Christensen, Mahika Macharla, Veronica Njuguna, Gerry Qiu, state Rep. Kate Donaghue, Grace Qiu, Lion Susan Ash (Photo/Westborough Lions Club)

This year’s topic was “With Which Historical Figure Would You Most Like to Speak?” Each student wrote a five- to eight-minute speech on the topic. Three independent judges critiqued each speech on delivery, effectiveness and text. The student with the most first-place finishes, as deemed by the judges, won the contest. If there had been a tie, a series of tiebreak rules would have been invoked to determine the winner.

Qiu will move on to the Region 1 Contest at the end of January. There, she will compete against the winner of the Harvard Lions Club Contest, as well as the winner and runner-up from the Zone 1 Contest, which will include the towns of Grafton, Mendon, Milford, Uxbridge and Sutton.


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