Monday, September 03, 2012

1972 - John places fourth in speaking contest

The mystery of the speech as referenced in the postcard from Hong Kong postcard of Aug. 29, 1972 is explained by this clipping from 9/72.  Transcription follows.

New Vienna Scout Places Fourth In Speaking Contest

Robert E. Southward, Eagle Scout, Troop 31 Springfield, placed first in the Reader's Digest Speaking Contest; second place was won by Eagle Scout James Lawrence, Troop 9, Springfield, third place went to Eagle Scout David Duell, Troop 3 of Bellbrook, and fourth place went to Eagle Scout John B. Uible, of Troop 97, New Vienna.

The contest is sponsored by the Reader's Digest Association and the Boy Scouts of America.  Each contestant must write an original speech and deliver it in competition.  The subject of the speech was related to citizenship and needed to be from five to seven minutes duration.

Master of ceremonies for the contest was John D. Emerick, Springfield; serving as judges were Rev. Don Clarke, James E. Roediger, William Winks, and Victor Duane who served as the tie breaking judge.

The next contest will be held in Columbus when Roger Southward, winner of the Tecumseh Council contest will meet and compete with winners from Cincinnati, Middletown, Dayton, Columbus, Newark, Chillicothe, Portsmouth and Steubenville.

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