Four high school students, three from Penticton and one from Summerland, took part in the United Nations Pilgrimage for Youth speech competition at the IOOF Hall on Feb. 19.
Jolene Hayter of Penticton won the competition while Jelayna Murdoch, also of Penticton, was the runner-up.
The other competing students were Dillon Brown of Penticton and Ellen Rutherford of Summerland.
Bob Chalmers and Anne Kemp of Summerland and Sharon Cartmel of Penticton judged the event.
In July, Hayter will go on a trip to the United Nations in New York, along with other winners from Canada, the United States and Europe.
This will be the 63rd year that the Odd Fellows and Rebekah lodges have sponsored this trip.
The competition is for students in Grade 11.
The Rebekah Lodge Faith 32 in Summerland, along with several members from Penticton, have organized the event.
Organizers of the lodge say the speech competition requires a lot of hard work, initiative and research from the participants.