JHS Junior, Lucas Lassinger, Wins Zone Level Optimist Oratorical Contest

Jamestown High School junior, Lucas Lassinger, won the boys division of the Zone Level Optimist Oratorical Contest held in Lockport. He competed against other high school speakers from Rochester and will travel to Albany on April 9th to compete at the District Level against winners from across New York State. The ultimate prize is a $22,000 college scholarship.

The topic for this year’s speech was: “How my best brings out the best in others.” Each written speech had to be memorized and fall within a four to five minute range. Lucas was a student in Barbi Price’s College Level Public Speaking and English 9 AT classes at JHS.

“Lucas delivered a well-organized speech that was specific and light-hearted, which clearly impressed the panel of independent judges,” remarked Mrs. Price.

Lassinger added, “ I was a little nervous when I took the floor, but my confidence grew throughout the speech, and I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard to polish up my delivery. This Oratorical Contest allowed me to explore and develop my public speaking skills in front of a new and larger audience. I hope to represent Jamestown with great pride at the next level of competition in Albany.”

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs. Since each club is autonomous and run by members in their community, Optimists have the unique flexibility to serve the youth of their area in any way they see fit. For more information on the Optimist Club, contact Cindy Conner at ccquilter@hotmail.com.

posted on 03/08/2016 - filed under: Academics, ELA, JHS, Spotlight, Students