Los Gatos High School student David Frankle won the Los Gatos Lions Club's speech contest Wednesday at the Los Gatos Lodge.
Joining Frankle in the spirited and fun competition were also LGHS students Michelle Huang and Victoria Jones, who gave speeches based on this year's theme of “How do we create and keep jobs in America?”
According to Los Gatos Lion Donald Purkey, the contest is sponsored by the Lions Scholarship Foundation.
Frankle now advances to the zone, region, district and finally the state level competition, Purkey said.
The Foundation provides more than $100,000 for the contest and, at each level, the winning student receives a larger monetary award with the state champion receiving $10,000 for his or her winning speech.
"The purpose of the contest is to provide an opportunity for competitive public speaking among students on a subject of vital interest to the American public as a whole," Purkey noted.
The volunteer judges were former educator Patti Hughes, past Mayor Sandy Decker, Los Gatos Mayor Barbara Spector and community activist Elley Manzo.