By Lena Rodriguez
On Thursday March 6th, Bonita Museum held the Optimist International Oratorical Contest;Sophomores Segan Helle and Seth D’Agostino both placed first, winning a check for $150 dollars, along with a medal and certificate. The contest was between Bonita Vista Students, but the Optimist International Oratorical Contest is open to any club and student within the district under the age of 19. There were six members from Octagon club, and three from the school’s speech and debate team present. The contest was split up into two divisions, male and female, both on the topic: “How my passions impact the world”.
“This is the first time I have ever presented and was judged on a speech,” D’Agostino said.
Despite it being his first time at this event, D’Agostino placed first in his division. For Helle, this is her second year and second time placing first in the Optimist International Oratorical Contest.
“It was really fun and cool meeting other students,” Helle said.
The students were not allowed to view others as they presented, so they used the time to interact before they were called. With that time the more experienced students were able to give advice to the others.
“I was a newbie, but I was glad that they helped me as much as they did.” D’Agostino said.
Helle and D’Agostino are not the only winners of this event; sophomore Alex Vergara, a member of Bonita Vista’s speech and debate team, placed second in the female division, and Danielle Bloom, a speaker on the school team as well, placed third in the female division.For the male division, Kerk Ang placed second and Richmond Fandino placed third.
“It was pretty interesting and exciting, I have never done an event like this before,” D’Agostino said.
Not only did Helle and D’Agostino win $150 dollars, but they will also be moving onto the next event along with other students, which will take place during April at Coronado.