Plano Senior High School student Samuel Scott has won top honors and a $3000 scholarship for his speech in the Drug Awareness Speech Contest during the Texas Lions Clubs State Convention in Lubbock on June 6, 2009. The Plano Early Lions Club sponsored him. Samuel will be entering his senior year at PSHS this fall. He was one of 7 contestants who were competing for the top prize. On January 10, 2009, Samuel won top honors, which included a $1000 scholarship at the Lion’s district speakers contest. In both competitions Samuel’s speech was titled “Drug Abuse – Paradise Lost”. To say that Samuel represented Plano well is an understatement. Al Brandel, President of International Association of Lions Clubs, presented the scholarship check to Samuel.

In the state contest, Samuel drew 7th position to present his speech. This position, although it did not allow him to hear his competitors, meant he had more time to think about what might not go the way he wanted it to go. However, his performance was a winner. In fact, after the contest, he had several other Lions clubs from Texas asking for him to contact them.

There were 2 other contests at the Texas Lions Clubs State Convention. In addition to the Drug Awareness Speech Contest, there was an Outstanding Youth Contest and a Diabetic Awareness Essay Contest. Emily Pool from Ennis, Texas won the Outstanding Youth Contest, and Hanna Hoots from Morton, Texas won the Diabetic Awareness Essay Contest.

(L to R) Lions Competition Chair Danny Leake, Emily Pool, Samuel Scott, and Hanna Hoots

(L to R) Lions Competition Chair Danny Leake, Emily Pool, Samuel Scott, and Hanna Hoots

DeAnne Rogers, the Project Chair for Plano Early Lions Club’s Speaker Contest, had high praise for Samuel. She could see that the time and effort Samuel put into his presentation was very evident during the competition. DeAnne was able to attend the state convention and witness first hand Samuel’s presentation.

The Plano Early Lions Club has 42 members and meets on 1st and 3rd Saturday each month at 7:30AM at Southfork Hotel, Plano. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Plano Early Lions Club, please contact Jack Durnin at 972-596-5791 or email at

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