Speech contest held

The final speech contest for all Okanagan applicants in the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth will be held next month in Summerland.

The final speech contest for all Okanagan Valley applicants in the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth will be held next month in Summerland.

The event is on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. It is hosted by the Summerland Faith Rebekah Lodge #32 and will be held at the IOOF Hall, 9536 Main St., Summerland.

The United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth was established by the Order of Odd Fellows in 1949.

It is an annual event which brings together high school students from around the world to study and learn about the United Nations.

Students tour the United Nations building and listen to behind-the-scenes briefings.

Each student delegate will also participate in in-depth discussions with other delegates from around the world.

Since the pilgrimage has been established, more than 45,000 people have participated.

Expenses are paid by the Odd Fellow and Rebekah lodges and donations by corporations and individuals.

The competition is open to high school students 16 or 17 years of age with a minimum of one year of high school remaining.

Applicants must write an essay and participate in a local speech contest.

A brochure about the event is available online at http://unpilgrimage.org/UNP_JurisdictionalInfo/UNP_BrochurePg.html.

The speech competition is open to the public. There is no admission fee.