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Live Oak High School junior wins Region Level Lions Student Speaker Contest

CHICO — Three high school juniors competed Saturday in the Region Level California Lions Student Speaker Contest at the Enloe Rehabilitation Center.
Izabella Fredericks, a junior from Live Oak High School, took home the $250 prize at Saturday’s contest.
She said she was more nervous for the preliminary speech held at her school than she was for Saturday’s contest.
“We did a preliminary round at my school. I think I was probably the most nervous for that one because it was all my friends that I go to school with and have in my leadership class,” Fredericks said. “As I’ve gone up through the ranks, all of my competition has been super nice and friendly and I think there has been some good competition. It’s been a fun experience.”
Two of Fredericks’ agriculture advisers got her involved in the competition. She said she has never participated in a speech competition before.
“It’s my first ever speaking contest; I have to do a little bit of public speaking for FFA but nothing like a contest,” Fredericks said.
This year’s theme was “Freedom of the Press, what does that mean?” The topic changes each year.
Fredericks was excited because she writes frequently for her FFA club’s website.
“My leadership class, my two ag advisers that are with me are really active in getting us to public speak. We have to do it as a requirement for the class,” Fredericks said. “When this one came up and the subject came up, I just decided to do it.”
Fredericks will be moving on to the next round of the competition to be held on April 13 at the Red Lion Hotel in Redding.
“I’m really excited but I’m a little bit nervous because I have a feeling the competition is going to step up another level,” Fredericks said. “It’s also on my prom, so I’m going to go looking really glamorous, but it’ll be fun. I’m pretty confident, though.”
The other two participants in Saturday’s contest were juniors from Durham and Princeton high schools.
According to the region chairperson, Oney Carrell, students who continue to win have the opportunity to earn $21,000 in scholarships if they make it to the final competition.
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