Contest Winners

2003 to Present

2003-04 Ryan Villanueva, Mission Viejo HS
Topic: "DEMOCRACY-IS IT FOR EVERYONE?"
Sponsor: Mission Viejo Lions Club
2004-05 Losmeiya Huang, Gabriellino HS
Topic: "IS ATTITUDE THE KEY TO SUCCESS?"
Sponsor: LA Downtown Lions Club
2005-06 Tommy Murphy, Bishop Amat High School, Covina, CA.
Topic: "The Internet - Hero or Villain?"
Sponsor: West Covina Lions Club
2006-07 Harveen Gill, Yuba City, CA.
Topic: "Global Warming -- Fact or Fiction"
Sponsor: Peach Bowl Lions Club
2007-08 Hannah Drain, Hayfork High School, Hayfork, CA.
Topic: "Immigration -- My Solution"
Sponsor: Hayfork Lions Club
2008-09 Eric Brewster, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA.
Topic: "Water - Will California Be Left High and Dry?"
Sponsor: Downtown Long Beach Lions Club
2009-2010 Miles Witthaus, Area 2, Campbell, CA.
Topic: UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE - HOW WILL IT AFFECT US?
Sponsor: San Jose West/Campbell Lions Club
2010-2011 Gabriel Gonzalvez, Area 2, Cupertino, CA
ENFORCING OUR BORDERS; STATE VS. FEDERAL RIGHTS
Sponsored by the West San Jose Campbell Lions Club
2011-2012 Jake Chambers, Area 1, Calaveras, CA
WHAT COULD THE AMERICA OF YESTERDAY TEACH THE AMERICA OF TOMORROW?
Sponsored by the San Andreas 49er Breakfast Lions Club
2013-2014 Ryan Kelly Murphy, Area 4, Temecula, CA
COMMUNITY SERVICE-WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Sponsored by the Temecula Lions Club
2013-2014 Ryan Kelly Murphy, Area 4, Temecula, CA
COMMUNITY SERVICE-WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Sponsored by the Temecula Lions Club
2014-2015 Madeline Claire Libby, Area 2, Sonoma Valley High School, CA
“WATER CONSERVATION-HOW DO WE REDUCE, REUSE AND RECLAIM?”
Sponsored by the Valley of the Moon Lions Club

1981 to 2002

1981-82 June E. Tierney, Hoover HS
Topic: "FREEDOM AND ITS RESPONSIBILITIES"
Sponsor: Fresno Breakfast Lions Club
1982-83 Timothy S. Galbraith, Binningham HS
Topic: "NUCLEAR USE OR MISUSE"
Sponsor: Woodland Hills Lions Club
1983-84 David R. Hall, Carson HS
Topic: "EDUCATION - WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY"
Sponsor: Carson City Host Lions
1984-85 Robin Marie Kim, St. Mary's HS
Topic: "TELEVISION - MASTER OR SERVANT"
Sponsor: Waterloo Italian Lions Club
1985-86 Beverly Rodriguez, Cypress HS
Topic: "SPACE EXPLORATION, WHAT PURPOSE?"
Sponsor: Buena Park Noon Lions Club
1986-87 Evette J. Castillo, Pittsburg HS
Topic: "DRUG ABUSE - WHAT IS THE SOLUTION?"
Sponsor: Pittsburg Lions Club
1987-88 Jason Matthews, Covina HS
Topic: "THE OCEAN - BREAD BASKET OR
WASTE BASKET?"
Sponsor: Covina Breakfast Lions Club
1988-89 Carol Caronna, San Dieguito HS
Topic: "TRANSPORTATION 2001 -
HOW WILL WE GET THERE?"
Sponsor: Carlsbad Lions Club
1989-90 Inie Park, Marlborough HS
Topic: "WHAT THE AMERICAN FLAG
MEANS TO ME"
Sponsor: Los Angeles Evergreen Lions Club
1990-91 Dawn Steeves, Aihambra HS
Topic: "PEER PRESSURE - CAN YOU SAY NO?"
Sponsor: Martinez Lions Club
1991-92 Gordon Thomas Wittman, Anderson HS
Topic: "VOTING: A RIGHT OR
A RESPONSIBILITY?"
Sponsor: Anderson Lions Club
1992-93 Shantel Pleasants, Reed HS
Topic: "DOES TODAY'S EDUCATION
MEET TOMORROW'S NEEDS?"
Sponsor: Sparks Greenbrae Lions Club
1993-94 Keith A. Barry, Reed HS
Topic: "TODAY'S YOUTH - WHY THE VIOLENCE?"
Sponsor: Sparks Greenbrae Lions Club
1994-95 Lorna Perez, St. Mary's HS
Topic: "THE MEDIA - DO THEY GO TOO FAR?"
Sponsor: Stockton Fil-Am Lions Club
1995-96 Kristina Williams, Fairfield HS
Topic: "AFFIRMATIVE ACTION - PAST,
PRESENT AND FUTURE"
Sponsor: Suisun Valley Lions Club
1996-97 Heather Jordan, Newport Beach HS
Topic: "TODAY'S LEGAL SYSTEM -
IS IT JUSTICE?"
Sponsor: Harbor Mesa Lions Club
1997-98 Heather Torvend, Beyer HS
Topic: "CYBERSPACE - RIGHTS vs CONTROL"
Sponsor: Modesto Breakfast Lions Club
1998-99 Lourdes Libre, Mercy HS
Topic: "CLONING - HOW FAR SHOULD SCIENCE GO?"
Sponsor: San Francisco Nikkei Lions Club
1999-00 Jonna Lee Henderson, Pierce HS
Topic: "COMMUNITY SERVICE - WHOSE
RESPONSIBILITY IN THE NEW MILLENNIUM?"
Sponsor: Arbuckle Lions Club
2000-01 Michael Sheehan, St Augustine HS
Topic: "POLITICS-ISSUES OR MONEY?"
Sponsor: Hillcrest-Mission Valley Lions Club
2001-02 Victoria Wang, San Marino HS
Topic: "ENERGY-WHAT'S THE FUTURE?"
Sponsor: San Marino Lions Club
2002-03 Alan Haimowitz, Analy HS
Topic: "TERRORISM AND WORLD SECURITY"
Sponsor: Rohnert Park El Rancho Lions Club

1959 to 1980

1959-60 Joan Moran, Mann Catholic HS
Topic: “PEOPLE TO PEOPLE - KEY
TO WORLD UNDERSTANDING”
Sponsor: San Rafael Lions Club.
1960-61 Lew Sargentich, Aihambra HS
Topic: “OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE -
PATTERN FOR TODAY”
Sponsor: Alhambra Lions Club
1961-62 Tim Eagen, Montgomery HS
Topic: “MY RESPONSIBILITY IN A
CHANGING WORLD”
Sponsor: Montgomery Village Lions Club.
1962-63 Eric J. Van Young, John Marshall HS
Topic: “CONFORMITY-A REAL CHALLENGE TO ME”
Sponsor: Griffith Park Lions Club
1963-64 Suzanne Couture,
Grace M. Davis HS
Topic: “MORAL INTEGRITY -
IMPERATIVE FOR SURVIVAL”
Sponsor: Modesto 500 Lions Club.
1964-65 Elizabeth Zepada, Aihambra HS
Topic “MATURITY-ITS PRIVILEDGES
AND RESPONSIBILITIES”
Sponsor: Alhambra Lions Club.
1965-66 Warren R. Chambers,
Sweetwater HS
Topic: “LAW AND LIBERTY”
Sponsor: National City Lions Club.
1966-67 Cliff Howard Finlayson, Richmond Union HS
Topic: “PEACE IS ATTAINABLE”
Sponsor: Richmond Breakfast Lions Club.
1967-68 Robert P. Manley, Mount Shasta HS
Topic: “FREE ENTERPRISE -THE CORNERSTONE
OF OUR REPUBLIC”
Sponsor: Mount Shasta Lions Club.
1968-69 Mark McConville, Villanova Prep School
Topic: “THE HOPES AND FEARS OF TODAY’S YOUTH”
Sponsor: Meiners Oaks Lions Club
1969-70 Glen E. Aubrey, Grossinont HS
Topic: “GENERATION GAP - FACT OR FANTASY?”
Sponsor: Fletch Hills Lions.
1970-71 Christine Baron, Grossmont HS
Topic: “SHOULD YOUTH BECOME INVOLVED?”
Sponsor: Fletcher Hills Lion
1971-72 Robert M. Shatswell, Branham HS
Topic: “EDUCATION TODAY - AS I SEE IT”
Sponsor: Cambrian Park Lions Club.
1972-73 Alexander Zubak, Del Valle HS
Topic: “ADULTHOOD AT 18-ITS RESPONSIBILITIES”
Sponsor: Walnut Creek (Diablo Valley) Lions Club.
1973-74 Daniel J. McLoon, Valencia HS
Topic: “ECOLOGY - ITS PRICE”
Sponsor: Brea Lions Club.
1974-75 Loren R. Hooker, Hughson HS
Topic: “AMERICA’S FUTURE - WHERE NOW”
Sponsor: Waterford Lions Club.
1975-76 David Huscher, San Luis Obispo HS
Topic: “CITIZEN RIGHTS VS. CRIMINAL RIGHTS”
Sponsor: San Luis Obispo Lions Club
1976-77 Brian Austin Baker, Corona HS
Topic: “GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE
PEOPLE - FACT OR FICTION?”
Sponsor: Corona Lions Club.
1977-78 Louis Hawthorne, Ventura HS
Topic: "TOMORROW'S ENERGY - TODAY'S DILEMMA"
Sponsor: Ventura Avenue Lions.
1978-79 Debra Dunn, Wheatland HS
Topic: "WHO AM I?"
Sponsor: Wheat-land Lions Club.
1979-80 Susan Essex, Mr. Whitney HS
Topic: "TAXPAYERS' REVOLT -
WHERE WILL IT LEAD?"
Sponsor: Visalia Sequoia Lions Club.
1980-81 Bertine Groepe, Foreign Exchange Student
from South Africa attending Acalaces HS
Topic: "MY WORLD - MY ANSWER"
Sponsor: Lafayette Lions Club.

1937 to 1958

1937-38 Benjamin Hoover, Modesto HS
Topic: "AMERICANISM"
Sponsor: Modesto Lions Club
1938-39 George Grover, Glendale HS
Topic: "DEMOCRACY"
Sponsor: Glendale Lions Club
1939-40 Joseph Hadzima, Chaffey Union HS
Topic: "THE WILL TO BE FREE"
Sponsor: Ontario Lions Club
1940-41 Mary Sowden, Anaheim HS
Topic: "DEMOCRACY IN A CHANGING WORLD"
Sponsor: Ontario Lions Club.
1941-42 Franldin Brown, Tulare HS
Topic: "OUR NATION'S SECURITY"
Sponsor: Tulare Lions Club
1942-43 Emerson Arends, Fremont HS
Topic: "AFTER THE WAR - WHAT"
Sponsor: Sunnyvale Lions Club
1943-44 John Irwin Trotter, Huntington Park HS
Topic: "WINNING THE PEACE FOR
AMERICAN MAN POWER"
Sponsor: Vernon Lions Club
1944-45 Mae Ward, Notre Dame HS
Topic: "WHAT MY PARENTS MEAN TO ME"
Sponsor: Mission (SF) Lions Club
1945-46 Mary J. Doudna, Boulder City HS
Topic: "MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A YOUNG
AMERICAN TO LASTING WORLD PEACE"
Sponsor: Boulder City Lions Club
1946-47 Dave Ford. San Rafael HS
Topic: "CAN YOUTH, BY LOCAL LEADERSHIP, STRENGTHEN
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT?"
Sponsor: San Rafael Lions Club
1947-48 Ed Marshall, Las Vegas HS
Topic: "DO FRONTIERS OF OPPORTUNITY
STILL EXIST FOR AMERICAN YOUTH?"
Sponsor: Las Vegas Lions Club
1948-49 Be Jansen, Glendale HS
Topic: "THE UNITED NATIONS - SAFEGUARD
OF HUMAN LIBERTY"
Sponsor: Glendale Lions Club
1949-50 Bill Van Alstyne, Dorsey HS
Topic: "EDUCATION IN AMERICAN IDEALS -
BASIS FOR INTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING"
Sponsor: UniversityCrenshaw District LC
1950-51 Gabe Solomon, Bakersfield HS
Topic: "AMERICAN VOTERS' RESPONSIBILITIES"
Sponsor: Oildale Lions Club
1951-52 William Bethel, San Jose HS
Topic: "LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER"
Sponsor: San Jose Lions Club
1952-53 Harkjoon Paik, Monterey Union HS
Topic: "MAN'S SEARCH FOR SECURITY"
Sponsor: Monterey Peninsula Lions Club
1953-54 Arveal Felts, San Bernardino HS
Topic: "WHAT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE
UNITED STATES MEANS TO ME"
Sponsor: San Bernardino Uptown Lions Club
1954-55 Barry N. Watson, Santa Ana HS
Topic: "SAFETY THROUGH SANE LIVING"
Sponsor: Santa Ana Lions Club.
1955-56 Dan E. McCall, Modesto HS
Topic: "YOUTH'S PROBLEMS OF TOMORROW"
Sponsor: Modesto Lions Club
1956-57 Martin McNair, Polytechnic HS
Topic: "MY PLACE IN THE WORLD OF 1976"
Sponsor: Downtown Long Beach Lions Club
1957-58 David Bartlett, Los Angeles HS
Topic: “COMMUNITY SERVICE -
A WAY OF LIFE”
Sponsor: City Terminal (Los Angeles) LC
1958-59 Heidi Pavelka, El Cemto HS
Topic: “COMPLACENCY - A DANGER TO AMERICA”
Sponsor: El Cerrito Lions Club.