SJA Tops Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest

Tatiana Wolfe ‘18 and Gisele Sampayo ‘19 on the podium before presenting

The District 5930 Brownsville Rotary Club held the annual 4-Way speech contest on April 4. The purpose of this event was to create a speech that pertains to the participant’s life. It had to include whether it was beneficial to all, fair, just, and will it bring goodwill to others. It was held at Lola’s Bistro. Students from Brownsville Independent School District (BISD), South Texas Independent School District,(STISD) and Saint Joseph Academy (SJA) participated in the contest.

SJA was represented by junior Gisele Sampayo and senior Tatiana Wolfe. Gisele’s speech explained how genetic DNA is able to figure out a person’s IQ (intelligence quotient). Tatiana spoke on how social media can bring good in others, and be beneficial to all. Tatiana placed first and Gisele placed second. On April 7, they participated in the regional contest where they competed against students from Corpus Christi and McAllen. In the regional contest, Tatiana placed second.

“They both had a lot of practice with public speaking, and went in well prepared into that competition,” said Rotary Interact Club moderator Ms. Martin. Due to their hard work, Gisele won 200 dollars by placing second place, and Tatiana won a total of 700 dollars in both of her competitions.