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Dana Lamon (1992 Toastmasters International
World Champion of Public Speaking,)
Taryn Rainwater of Lubbock - 3rd Place,
Byron Taylor of Amarillo - 1st Place,
Eric Tonningsen of Albuquerque - 2nd Place
Taryn is a member of a the Llano Estacado Toastmasters club. After winning her club's contest, she advanced to the Area 61 contest on March 29th and then to the Division F contest on April 12, winning both of them.
On May 3rd she competed in the District 23 International Speech contest in El Paso, Texas. Facing five other Division champions from all over New Mexico, Western Texas, and the Oklahoma Panhandle, Taryn presented a motivational and inspiration presentation with a core message of love, family, and the positive impact of blended families. Given in just seven minutes, the speech, titled "Stepping Into My New Life," chronicles her experiences with and personal definition of step-families.