Winners of the Rotary annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 25 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood & Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of the five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.
“This annual event is a wonderful way to acknowledge the talents of our youth,” stated Ed Gallagher, Beck Center director of education, “and the quality work of the participants truly shows that the arts and creativity are alive and well in our community.” The Beck Center is a longstanding partner with the Rotary club for this competition.

The winners received congratulations and prize money from Curt Brosky, Rotary club president. “Our club has a long history of recognizing, encouraging and supporting the youth of our community in many areas of endeavor,” he told the audience. “We celebrate each participant’s talent hard work and persistence in the visual arts, music and speech.”

Heather Bonsky from Rocky River High School was the speech contest winner. Her topic was “Stereotypes.” Second place went to Steve Saed, Lakewood, and third place to Victoria Sullo, Rocky River.

The speech contest was held in two parts with the semi-finals at the Beck Center on March 9 and the finals at the Rotary’s March 18 meeting. Speeches must be of original content and be based on “The Four Way Test of Rotary” which asks, “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

This marks the 68th year the club has sponsored the speech competition.

Devin Stepan
, saxophone, St. Edward, captured first place in the music contest with Sicilienne and Allegro by Bach. Lindsay Furtado, clarinet, Lakewood, placed second, performing Concerto for Clarinet in B flat, First Movement by Mozart, and soprano Grace Lazos, Lakewood, placed third, performing The Black Swan” from The Medium” by Menotti. The contest follows judging standards set by the Ohio Music Education Association.

Visual arts winners were Joe Gyorky,
“Ganesha,” clay, St. Edward, first place; Elise Moscia, “Joyce,” charcoal, Magnificat, second place; and Nina Scovone, “On the Other Side of the Light,” scratchboard, Lakewood, third place.

Honorable mentions went to Dameyan Chambers
, “A Mother and Her Ducklings,” ceramic, Lakewood; Jillian Krapf, “One Man Band,” color pencil, Rocky River; and William MacFarlane III, “Blue Crab,” acrylic and texture gel on canvas, St. Edward.

Judging for the visual arts portion took place on March 13 and over 100 pieces, of numerous styles employing various media, were submitted by all five schools. A
jury of artists selected outstanding works of art meeting the contest requirements. From this gallery of art, judges chose winners and prizes were awarded for the most outstanding works of art in the contest.

Selected entries from the visual arts contest are on display in the Rotary Student Art Show in the Jean Bulicek Galleria now through April 14. This exhibit is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Awards ranged from $500 for first place to $100 for third place. Support for the event was provided by FFL Investments Services at First Federal of Lakewood.