Avon High School senior Michael Wilson, 18, does not let anything get in the way of his goals. Wilson will attend the University of Michigan in the fall, studying English and political science and later will pursue a career as an attorney and judge.
So when he was nominated by his English teacher, Leisa McClellan, to participate in the North Coast Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest, he was ecstatic to write about something he’s passionate about: politics.
“A huge passion of mine is politics, and that’s not affiliated with anything at the school, that’s totally something I like to do in my free time,” Wilson said. “It’s something I spend a lot of my personal time doing, so I decided to use this opportunity to talk about something that I enjoy.”
The Rotary has an ethical test each speech has to pass:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Wilson wrote about having cameras in Congress and other government buildings broadcasting various hearings and meetings. He argued against having cameras in congressional hearings and meetings, saying it creates a performative atmosphere that focuses on ego and electability, rather than the policy.
“It creates more of not so much a professional politician vibe, it creates more of like a Hollywood entertainer,” Wilson said. “And they’re forced to kind of entertain their constituents instead of actually base their legislation on what’s important. They worry more about their looks in order to be electable.”
Wilson received a $300 cash prize for his first-place win, which he will use towards furthering his education. Brookside High School student Sabrina Bibb placed second and Avon High School senior Cael Sexton placed third.
Competing alongside another Avon student was meaningful to Wilson and he appreciated the opportunity to share something he’s passionate about.
“It was super nice to, you know, be validated and rewarded for this idea and the presentation of it and my interpretation of what’s going on,” Wilson said.
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