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Rotary honors Woodcreek speech and debate coach

Club recognizes her work developing students’ public speaking skills
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Woodcreek High School teacher Melisa Elko was honored by the Rotary Club of Roseville-Sunrise Thursday for her role in developing her students’ public speaking skills. Elko teaches the speech and debate class and coaches the team at the school, where she has worked for 13 years. She also teaches child development and a life-skills course called Adulthood 101. “Part of Rotary International’s mission is to promote and recognize vocational and community excellence by asking clubs to seek out and honor individuals who embody these goals,” said Rotary Club President Aaron Saliba in his speech. “Melisa Elko has done just that.” For the past eight years, Elko has supported the club’s efforts to recruit, develop and encourage Woodcreek students to improve their public speaking abilities through the annual Rotary International District 5180 Speech Contest. She has served as the school’s liaison for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, a leadership camp held each year in northern California. Elko was recently honored with a coaching “Degree of Excellence” from the National Forensic League. ~ Sena Christian