JACKSONVILLE – St. Johns Country Day School senior Sheila Hodges won this year’s Rotary Oratory competition, along with a $5,000 scholarship.
Hodges, the daughter of Lawsikia Hodges of Orange Park, won the competition last week against four other area finalists. Hodges was representing the Rotary Club of Orange Park.
This year's speech topic was to "select a person in history (deceased and not related to you) who, by their achievements, would be an ideal person to improve life today, utilizing their talents, skills and today's advancements to "connect the world." Finalists were asked to support their decision by historic reports, opinions by cultural experts and documentation you can deliver verbally.
Hodges won with her speech about Fred Rogers, discussing how he is the best person to help better connect the world as evidenced by his many years of encouraging all to be good neighbors on his hit television program, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”