A local girl is speaking at the United Nations. Lauren Evans will compete against 52 students from around the world in a speech contest in New York.
The Highwood High student says the group is the only organization allowed in the United Nations since it increased its security. The Oddfellows and Rebekkahs are sponsoring Evans after she won their speech competition in Blackie in January. Competitors were asked to speak about anything related to the United Nations. Evans chose the topic of landmines. She says she'll be given the topic of her speech in New York when she arrives. The all-expenses paid trip includes a night on Broadway, a stop in Philadelphia and a visit to Ottawa and the Canadian Parliament.