Local high school students are encouraged to participate in the Tehachapi Lions Club's 80th annual Student Speaker Contest. The contest will be held Feb. 16, and will provide an opportunity for competitive public speaking.

This year’s topic is: “Is the Right to Privacy a Threat to Our National Security?”

The contest is administered and funded by the Lions Fourth District Student Speakers Foundation, Inc., a California nonprofit corporation. This year, the foundation will provide scholarships totaling $103,500. From this amount, each of the 15 district winners will receive a $4,500 scholarship, each of the four area winners will receive an additional $6,500 scholarship and the winner of the Multiple District Four Contest will receive an additional $10,000 scholarship.

Each district winner will also have competed in contests at the club, zone and region levels, winning cash awards at each level. This Club Contest is open to all students who reside within or attend school located within Tehachapi, including charter schools, home schooled or independent study students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Rules and information concerning the contest can be found at md4lions.org. For more information, contact Eva at 823-8516.