Five members of the Erskine Academy speech and debate team, in South China, competed in the event.
Arthur Sollitt, Adam Ochs, Conor Skehan, Caleb Sacks, and Hagen “Joki” Wallace were accompanied by Nicholas Waldron, advisor for the speech and debate team at Erskine Academy.
Hagen “Joki” Wallace, a senior at Erskine, whose topic was antibiotic resistance, placed first.
Arthur Sollitt, also a senior at Erskine, placed second with his speech about gratefulness.
Erskine freshman Adam Ochs, spoke on the topic of alternative medicine and placed third.
Students are encouraged to choose a topic on which they feel strongly, and express their ideas publicly and defend those ideas when questioned.
Judges were Lion Brad Bean, Lion Nancy Studley, and Lion Barry Tibbetts.
After each speech, contestants were questioned by Lion Steve Laundrie and Pam Kenoyer.
Timekeeper was Lion Jerry Maldovan.
Organizer of the event was Lion Cal Prescott.
The first place winner will compete at the regional competition to be held at 6 p.m., on March 19, at the Margaret Chase Smith library in Skowhegan.