After winning the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Youth Speech Contest, Los Altos High School student Shreya Anand recently placed first at the area and district levels and third at the state level of the Rotary competition.

Anand, who just completed her sophomore year, is a member of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s Speech and Debate Team, which she joined last year.

While Anand has regularly competed in local tournaments, this was her first time participating in a Rotary Club speech contest.

Due to the pandemic, the competition was held online, allowing participants either to pre-record their speeches or deliver them via Zoom.

Anand said she was happy to participate in the contest, even though it wasn’t in person.

“I really enjoyed the experience,” she said. “I hope to continue throughout high school.”