Rotary Honors Speech, Visual Arts Student Success

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Lila Wright of Lakewood High School won first place in Rotary’s annual visual arts competition April 11 at the Beck Center. His whimsical piece, “Moose and Duck,” caught the judges off guard in the most delightful way: “The artist has composed a beautiful piece, executing his creative idea of ​​a moose taking a shower with precision and skill with the pencil. At first glance, the piece is striking, but looking deeper, it continues to delight.

Winners of Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest and music and visual arts contests were honored at a gala at the Beck Center on April 11.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the contest annually showcases the incredible talents of students who attend one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River and St. Edward.

The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood was a valued Rotary partner for this event, serving as a liaison with high school educators and providing the venue and judges for the various phases of the competitions.

The first-place winner of the speech contest was Alex Hodson, who represented the club in the Rotary District 6630 contest on April 9.

Grace Lamparyk, second place, was also honored; Helen Rocheshe, third place; and Lydia Kress, honorable mention. All students come from Lakewood High School. Their teacher is Mrs. Amy Garritano.

Speeches must have original content and be based on “The Rotary Four-Prong Test” which asks, “Is this the truth? concerning?”

This is the 77th year of the club’s speech contest and the twenty-fifth year that the Beck Center has partnered with the Rotary club for this student contest.

The winners of the music competition were Adam Wilcsewski, piano, first place, St. Edward High School, performing Beethoven’s “Sonata No 8, Op 13, Movement 1”; Sophia Craciun, oboe, second place, Lakewood High School, “Oboe Concerto, Movement 3” by Martino; Max Morscher, trombone, third place, St. Edward High School, “Hasse Suite” by Johann Adolf Hasse; and Morgan Way, piano, honorable mention, Rocky River High School, “Impromptu in A flat Major, Op 90, No 4” by Schubert.

The visual arts winners were Lila Wright, “Moose and Duck,” pencil drawing, Lakewood High School, first place; Grace Hoppel, “Going Up,” photography, Lakewood, second place; and Audrey Slankard, “Still Life,” colored pencil, Rocky River, third place.

Honorable mentions went to Alexa Colburn, Lakewood; Billy Hamilton, Lakewood; and Lexi Miles, Lutheran West.

Over 140 artworks of various styles and media were submitted. A jury of visual arts educators selected outstanding works that met the competition requirements. From this gallery, the judges chose the winners. The art exhibition can be viewed in the Jean Bulicek gallery.

In recognition of their achievements, all winners received a Rotary cash prize, made possible by the Rotary Lakewood-Rocky River Foundation.

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