SOPHIA PARKER, A senior at Vergennes Union High School, recently won the Vermont Lions Clubs’ Speak-Out Competition. The judges felt Parker best met and presented International President Bob Corlew’s theme for the organization’s 100th year — New Mountains to Climb. In this photo Brandon-Forestdale Lions club member Jackie Dutil, statewide chairman for the Speak-Out, stands behind the top four placers in the competition. They are, from left to right, Brittany Moore, who represented the Essex Junction Lions and received honorable mention; Alexandra Diehl, who represented the Swanton-Mississquoi Lions Club and got second place; champion Sophia Parker, who represented the Vergennes Lions Club; and Hannah Roberts, who represented the Pittsford and Brandon-Forestdale Lions Club, who placed third.
Parker was coached by VUHS teacher Cookie Steponaitis.