Ethan Dodd, a junior at Ponderosa High School won the Lions Club 77th annual District Student Speaker Contest in May at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. As a district contest winner he received a $4,500 scholarship.
The Lions Student Speaker Contest is a statewide competition funded by the Lions 4th District Student Speaker Foundation Inc, a non-profit corporation. Each year the foundation funds $103,500 in scholarship monies to 19 high school age students statewide.
The topic this year was “Community Service — What Does It Mean And Why Does It Matter?”
As noted in Dodd’s speech, “Beyond everything else, community service is the work each individual must do to improve humanity as a whole. Together our works adds up to change the world in every way imaginable.”
More than 100 high school students competed this year in the greater Sacramento area.
“Ethan and the other three contestants earned the right to be here today, each having won a club contest, a zone contest and a region contest,” said contest chairman Ed Smith.
Dodd is a member of the Ponderosa High School Speech and Debate Team, which competes in monthly high school tournaments as part of the Capital Valley Forensic League.
Public speaking and public service appears to be Dodd’s destiny, as he also serves on a Teen Court, a program sponsored by the El Dorado County Superior Court, where high school students serve as prosecutors, defenders and jurors on providing alternative sentencing in the Juvenile Court system. This summer, Dodd will be interning in the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.
Dodd aspires to a career in law and public service, including elective office.
“Ethan Dodd is well on track to achieving his goals and the Lions are proud to help him hone his skills and help fund some of the costs of college through the scholarships he has earned,” said Smith.
As the winner of the district contest, Dodd advances to the Area 1 (most of the interior of Northern California excluding the coastal areas). The winner of the Area 1 contest will receive an additional $6,500 scholarship and advance to the state finals where the winner will receive an additional $10,000 scholarship.