Genoa teen advances to national speaking contest

Staff Reports

A Genoa teenager brought home the state's American Legion's High School Oratorical Contest championship.

Douglas High School junior Clara Ritger, 16, won state after defeating last year's state champion from Fernley to become the first ever District 4 winner from Douglas High School.

The district contest was held in the old Assembly chambers in the Nevada capitol where each contestant was required to give a 10-minute speech on what the U.S. Constitution means to them.

"She gave a top notch performance and has a good chance to do well at the national contest," said Tony Vaughn, a former American Legion department state commander.

In April, Clara will vie for the national championship to be held at Purdue University in Indianapolis.

"I have enjoyed the learning experience and have gained a deeper appreciation for the United States Constitution," Clara said.

She said she was grateful for the opportunity to practice her presentation before several clubs and organizations.

Clara has won $800 in scholarships and hopes to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Clara is the daughter of Chris and Phil Ritger.


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