Speech contest names winner

From News ReleaseJune 16, 2014 

Luke Stancil of Corinth Holders High School won this year’s Rotarians Against Drugs speech contest.

Also advancing to the district level contest in Raleigh were Cassie Creech, Smithfield-Selma High School, second place; Walton Colby Godwin, North Johnston High School, third place; Mark Fang, Neuse Charter School, fourth place; and Josiah Evans of Cleveland High and DaQuan Williams of South Johnston High School, tied for fifth place.

Other contestants were Noah Merkousko, West Johnston High School; Tyrell McLean, Early College; Mary Jones, Princeton High; Amber Winstead, Clayton High; and Courtney Dhillon, Middle College.

Creech, the Smithfield-Selma student, was the top Johnston County finisher on the district level, placing third. That contest drew students from Johnston, Wake, Durham and Chapel Hill-area schools.

“My speech was really personal, so I am very excited that I had this opportunity,” Creech said.

She went on to finish sixth at the multi-district competition in Raleigh.

The speech contest encourages students to:

•  Consider the extent and seriousness of using mood-modifying drugs, including alcohol.

•  Learn of current efforts to reduce and prevent drug abuse.

•  Increase concern for fellow students.

•  Prepare to inform peers of this dangerous problem.

•  Listen and speak out against drugs and in doing so gain self-confidence and increase self-esteem.

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