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Winners of Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest, and the music and visual arts competitions, were honored at a gala event 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 attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.



Lila Wright of Lakewood High School was awarded first place in the Rotary’s annual visual arts contest on April 11 at the Beck Center. Her whimsical piece, “Moose and Duck, caught the judges off-guard in a most delightful way, stating, “The artist composed a beautiful piece, executing her creative idea of a Moose taking a shower with precision and skill with the pencil. At first glance the piece is striking, but upon looking further it continues to delight.”

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on April 4 are joined by Nancy Ralls, West Shore Career-Technical District Career development coordinator (left), and Bill DiMascio, West Shore Career-Technical District educational coordinator (right).

West Shore Career-Technical District Outstanding Student Award recipients were honored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on April 4 during the club’s weekly luncheon.

The 14 students, top performers in their Career-Technical programs, were chosen for their exemplary accomplishments in the classroom, school activities, clubs, athletics and service in the community. Each student exemplifies traits of leadership, dedication, responsibility, caring, community involvement, and initiative.

From left: Principal Mark Walter, Grace Lamparyk, Helen Roche, Alex Hodson, Lydia Kress, and teacher Amy Garritano.

Four Lakewood High juniors were winners in the 77th annual Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River Speech Contest sponsored by Beck Center for the Arts. In the final round that took place March 28, Alex Hodson placed first and earned $750. Rounding out the top four places following Alex were Grace Lamparyk ($500), Helen Roche ($300), and Lydia Kress ($250).

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