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Lourdes Senior Takes First Place In Dutchess Community College Tournament

Katha Sikka poses with Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison after receiving her trophy.
Katha Sikka poses with Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison after receiving her trophy. Photo Credit: Our Lady of Lourdes/Facebook

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Our Lady of Lourdes High School senior Katha Sikka recently took first place at the Dutchess Community College Public Speaking Tournament sponsored by the college’s Performing and Visual Arts Center.

In its first year, the tournament was open to DCC students and adjunct high school course participants. Sikka was the only high school student to participate and took first place over the other college students who competed.

During the event, participants were required to deliver an informative speech of four to six minutes. Sikka, who spoke on gender disparity and the inequality of females, plans to attend Cornell University in the fall.

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