Bogalusa rotarians get sneak peek at valedictorians’ speeches

Published 12:26 pm Friday, May 30, 2014

BOGALUSA – The Bogalusa Rotary Club recently got a sneak peek at the valedictory addresses of two local students, and the students got a little extra practice delivering their speeches before an audience, albeit one much smaller than the one present on graduation night.
Alyssa Caroline Penton, valedictorian of Ben’s Ford Christian School, and Daphne Owens, valedictorian of Bogalusa High School, were the special guests.
“We only go after the best, and that’s why you were chosen,” said Rotary member Merlin Duke.
Penton’s speech focused on the camaraderie and achievements she and her classmates shared during their time in high school.
“It was easy to stick together in the good times, but harder in the bad. But we did,” she said.
Owens’ speech, on the other hand, used past accomplishments as a jumping off point for future endeavors.
“It takes courage to rise from these failures and progress from our triumphs,” she said.
Following the speeches, each young lady was asked to answer three off-the-cuff questions, such as “What would you do if you were mayor?” Each was also presented a plaque by Rotary President R.L. Palmer Jr.
Also at the meeting, the upcoming Milltown Classic was discussed. The run will take place May 31 at Cassidy Park.
Also mentioned was the need for sponsors for Boys State candidates. Sponsorships cost $385.