Isabella Burton Advances in 2024 Rotary Speech Contest

The Princeton Rotary Club announced this week that Isabella Burton, affectionately known as Boo, is advancing in the 2024 Rotary Speech Contest after placing first at the Jackson Purchase Sectional 1 contest held in Murray last week.

This year’s speech contest topic is “Create Hope in the World.”

Burton was able to advance to the Sectional 1 contest after winning the local speech contest hosted by the Princeton Rotary Club on March 5, where she was awarded $300.

Burton was recently hired as a city intern and Mayor Brock Thomas took a moment during Monday night’s city council meeting to acknowledge her achievement.

click to download audioBefore the city council meeting, Burton mentioned in an interview with WPKY’s News Edge that students from Rotary clubs in four other cities had shared their speeches in Murray.

click to download audioBurton conveyed her enthusiasm about advancing to the next round and sharing her ideas on how to “Create Hope in the World.”

click to download audioAlong with Burton’s parents, Chris and Steffani Burton, four members of the Princeton Rotary Club traveled to Murray to show their support — Al and Pam Brunelle, Janie Tomek, and Laura Klubert.

The West Regional Speech Contest will be held at noon Tuesday, April 16,  at the Majestic Steak House on U.S. 62 West in Princeton.

Last year, Burton emerged as the winner of the final district contest, securing a total of $2,200 for her speech.

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