Julie Derobertis earns Rotary scholarship
Hard work and determination have definitely paid off for a senior at Douglas High School. On May 2, Julie Derobertis won first place in the Rotary District 5190 Speech Contest. This was the accumulation of three levels of competition and months of preparation.
The topic of the speech contest was “What can be done to reduce school violence?” Derobertis’ speech included suggestions regarding the use of drug dogs, the use of metal detectors and ways to increase the relationship between parents and schools. However, the most unique aspect of her speech was a five-step plan she developed to prevent school violence.
Julie stated, “I spent quite a bit of time researching plans for prevention. I believe the plan I have developed is a comprehensive plan including surveys, groups and phone lines, all of which will contribute to prevention.”
At Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on May 2, seven contestants from California and Nevada competed for the coveted title, the plaque and a $1,000 cash award.
“I feel very honored to receive this award. All of the contestants were great speakers,” said Derobertis.
The first level for her was the Minden Rotary Club’s contest. She has received a lot of support from the Minden Rotary and said she can’t thank the Rotary enough for this opportunity. Many of the members accompanied her on to the next levels to offer their support.
As Derobertis reflected on the experience, she said, “In my opinion, this was a great speech contest. The contest is taken very seriously and is spoken very highly of by the Rotarians and the contestants. I felt honored that people wanted to listen to my ideas regarding school violence. Of course, receiving the $1,000 was icing on my cake. My one wish is that more teens will become involved in the contest because it is a remarkable opportunity.”
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