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.