Biagio V. “Vince” Schettini, of Viola, topped more than 366 contestants in the local District 18 Toastmasters to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest.

“District 18 spans Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia,” said Pearl Matibe, district media relations representative. “Schettini is climbing the ladder to compete at the highest level in the world.”

Schettini advanced to the semifinal rounds of the contest, vying for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention Aug. 25 in Vancouver, Canada.

By day, Schettini is a retired project engineer who worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Dover Air Force Base.

Schettini, a member of Free Speakers Toastmasters Club in Dover, won with his speech titled, “The Reunion.”

Schettini will compete with 101 winners from districts around the world who advanced to the 2017 semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech competitions. Their five-to-seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures and style. Judges were also looking for originality, voice, and the ability to connect to the audience.

For more, see toastmasters.org.