Whenever members of the Pasadena Bar Association gather for the benefit of our community, great things happen as evidenced by the 2013 Speech Scholarship Contest, which took place this past Saturday at Marantha High School. 

Fifty-one of our members sacrificed their valuable time and energy by serving as judges to the seventy-eight students that competed.  The students represented twenty-five schools located within the San Gabriel Valley.  Every student that competed benefitted from the thoughtful and expert analysis of our judges.

At the end of the competition our judges chose two finalists who will compete for the significant scholarship money at our upcoming Law Day Event, that will take place on May 9, 2013, in the Gold Room, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.  This year’s first place team trophy went to Arcadia High School, for the second year in a row.  Maranatha High School took second place, and Gabrielina High School was awarded third place.

The five students that made it to the final round of the preliminary competition were:

-Jessica Demasi (Maranatha High School) – Finalist

-Abel DeCastro (Arcadia High School) – Finalist

-Danielle Chavez (Flintridge Preparatory School) –  Third Place

-Neven Wang-Tomic (Arcadia High School) – Fourth Place

-Grace Khanlian (AGBU Vatche & Tamar Manoukian High School) – Fifth Place

We could not be prouder of the work that was done by the people who served as judges and we are very thankful to our Exclusive Sponsors for providing the financial backing to make this great community service possible.  Also, we are thankful to the law firm of Christie, Parker, and Hale for donating $1,000 to the scholarship fund of the third place winner.

See you at Law Day!  Contributed by Don Schweitzer.

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