COUNTYWIDE : 3 Win Competition in Public Speaking

Three high school seniors on Friday were named winners of a Serafines de Orange County public speaking contest that asked contestants to address the importance of education in the Latino community.

Tom Saenz, a senior at El Modena High School in Orange, won the first prize of $700. The $600 second prize went to Westminster High School senior Angelica Villicana. And Karen Wasinger, a senior at Savanna High School in Anaheim, won the third prize of $500.

Serafines is a nonprofit organization formed by the California Angels to promote education for Latinos, said Manuel Esqueda, the organization’s president. On Thursday night, 25 college-bound Latino students spoke on the issue, “What does education mean to the Latino family?”