Three Mount Pleasant High School students competed at the Lion’s Club District 2-X2 Mid-Winter Cabinet meeting in Tyler on January 11, 2020. All three were awarded first place in their respective categories and have advanced to the State level of competition. They were each awarded $300 scholarships at the district level.

Senior Caroline Rose won the Lion’s Outstanding Youth Contest. Contestants are evaluated on high school grade point average, a 750-word essay, a personal biographical information statement, three letters of recommendation, performance of community service, leadership experience/participation and a personal interview.

Senior Abby Mason was awarded first place for her essay on diabetes awareness. The Diabetes Awareness Essay Contest is an annual competition allowing student participants the opportunity to research, organize and present perspectives on a given topic related to diabetes.

With Texas Lions involved in helping youth with the disease, the contest emphasizes the need for new ideas, understanding and dissecting societal and individual issues associated with the condition.

Junior Reid Pinckard earned first place for his Drug Awareness Speech. The 2020 topic focused on opioid addiction including two types of interventions with emphasis on the therapeutic benefits, and how students can steer friends away from using opioids.

Rose, Mason, and Pinckard have all advanced to the State level competition on May 14-16 in Longview. They will compete against other youth winners representing 16 Lions Club districts across the state of Texas for a chance at scholarships ranging from $1000-$3000.

From left to right: Caroline Rose, Abby Mason, Reid Pinckard