Sam Ricci, sponsored by the Vandenberg Village Lions Club, is the winner of the Zone 4 Student Speakers Contest.
Ricci, a Cabrillo High School senior, won $150 cash and will now advance to the Region I contest on March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Orcutt Lions Den, 126 S. Broadway, in Orcutt.
This year’s topic is "Freedom of the Press -- What Does It Mean?”
Roger Olds, a junior at Righetti High School in Santa Maria, is a finalist.
Zone 4 consists of the Lompoc Host Lions, Orcutt Lions and Vandenberg Village Lions clubs.
The contest was conducted by Sheri Hughes, chairwoman of the District 4-A3 Student Speakers Contest.