Sylvania resident, Sam Pfeiffer, delivers award-winning speech

–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Sam Pfeiffer delivering his award-winning speech.

Sam Pfeiffer delivered an award-winning speech at the Toledo Rotary Club. His speech was based upon his St. Francis experience and how it met the four-way test of Rotary: Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build good will and friendship, and Is it beneficial to all? Sam believes his teachers have taught in a manner that presented information but allowed him to make his own decisions on topics such as welfare and abortion.

Sam has a rare form of dyslexia, which has been a challenge for him, but he continues to overcome his disability at St. Francis by working with NHS tutors in the Student Achievement Center and by getting extra help from his teachers before and after school.

Pfeiffer highlighted the fact that his teachers and administration stress the motto of St. Francis de Sales “be who you are and be that well.” What this means to Sam is that every student is able to pursue his own interests and passions. According to Sam, “I realized I have a true passion for helping others and representing the interests of my peers.”

Pfeiffer states, “I entered St. Francis as a shy young boy, but now as I graduate in the coming weeks, I am exiting as a strong, confident, young gentleman.” Sam received a $200 award for his accomplishment in the 4-way Rotarian Speech Contest.

Pfeiffer will attend Miami University in the fall and will major in finance or possibly double major with Supply Chain Management at Miami’s Farmer School of Business. Sam will graduate seventh in his class at St. Francis.

L-R: Rotary member and Sam’s Uncle, John Nelson; Rotary member and Sam’s father, Michael Pfeiffer; Sam Pfeiffer and St. Francis World History teacher, Mike Wielgopolski.

The speech was delivered Monday, April 24, at the Park Inn in Toledo.
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