The McKinleyville Lions Club is currently searching for students in the ninth through 12th grades who are interested in participating in the California Lions’ 82nd annual Student Speakers Contest.

The topic is “Freedom of the Press: What does it mean?” Speeches must be five to 10 minutes in length.

This is a six-level speech contest with the possibility of cash prizes totaling $500 and scholarships totaling $21,000.

The McKinleyville club level contests will be held on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. The deadline to sign up is Jan. 25. To view the handbook, visit the MD-4 Lions Student Speakers website at

For more information or to sign up to participate, call Cyndi at 707-496-9724. There are seven clubs in Humboldt County. Those who aren’t in the McKinleyville area will be put in contact with the club in their area.


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