The theme for this year's speech was "Homelessness in California: What is the Solution?" This timely topic aroused the interest of Amador Valley students, resulting in the most entrants at this level in many years.
Amador Valley Lions Club president Chris Ben said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students from Amador Valley.
"I'm so proud that we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their views and skill," Ben said.
Bernardi will advance through the district levels toward the state level of competition for a chance to accrue scholarships worth $10,000, Ben added.
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