Nonprofits: Lincoln Hills Lions Club sponsors Speech Contest

By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Three students discussed enforcing America’s borders during a student speakers’ contest hosted last Thursday by the Lincoln Hills Lions Club. Thursday’s contest represented the club level of the contest. Giving the winning speech was Emily Mader, 15, of Sacramento. “I’m so excited. I worked really hard for this,” Emily said. Emily, along with fellow contestants Lisa Holzen, 16, of Mather and Benjamin Bjorkman, 14, of Rocklin were given the task of creating and delivering a speech about the topic, “Enforcing our borders: state versus federal rights.” Both finalists received $25 from the Lincoln Hills Lions Club, and Emily received $75 for being the club contest winner. Emily will proceed to the zone contest on March 3 at the Lincoln Veteran’s Memorial Hall. According to Lions Club International, the contest “provides an opportunity for competitive public speaking among students … on a subject of vital interest to the contestants and to the American people as a whole” and “to stimulate self-expression and independent thinking.” Three judges, including The News Messenger reporter, judged the students on their speeches. During her winning speech, Emily argued that the “enforcement of the borders is the right of the state government.” Emily quoted the United States Constitution and provided statistics to argue her position. Those statistics included that 6,000 miles make up the border of both Canada and Mexico and that 3 million illegal immigrants enter the United States each year. “As Americans, we can’t let illegal immigration continue. We must enforce our borders. Who has the right to enforce the borders?” Emily said. “This has been at the core of many immigration battles.” To protect the rights of citizens, Emily said, “each state should be allowed to enforce their own policy” when it comes to border enforcement. Heather Mader, Emily’s mother, was “thrilled” that Emily won the contest at the club level. “I have been co-teaching a public speaking class for her home school class and I thought it (the speaker contest) was a good assignment,” Heather Mader said. “She took several weeks to research, write the speech and memorize it.” Emily said it took her a week to research and write the speech, and spent the rest of the time memorizing the speech. “The challenge was trying to figure out which has the right, the state versus the federal,” Emily said. For more information on the Lincoln Hills Lions Club, call president Sue Olin at 543-0002. The Lincoln News Messenger profiles a nonprofit organization every week. If you would like to see an organization featured, please call 774-7967 or e-mail