The purpose of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster the principles of ethics in everyday life as well as in business. The contest introduces high school students to Rotary by creating interest through a competitive speech contest, sponsored by their local Rotary Club.Public, private, and home-schooled high school students in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to enter the contest. Levels of competition and awards are offered on a local or club, regional, and district basis.
The specific goals of the contest are:
- To acquaint a large number of youth with Rotary, and specifically, the tenets of the Four-Way Test.
- To demonstrate and enhance Rotarians’ commitment to youth.
- To heighten awareness of Rotary among students, parents, school officials, and the community at large.
- To recognize, encourage and reward hard work and accomplishment in our youth.
- To provide an opportunity for Rotarians to participate in a Community/Vocational Service program which focuses on the Four-Way Test as our standard of behavior.
Morrisons Cove Rotary Club Announces Winners of Four-Way Test Speech Contest
Photo Caption: (Front Row) Chrissy Dively, Heyleigh Wilkins, Matthew Hall, Lacey Fleck, Morgan Robison, and Shana Stern. (Back Row) Chuck Gojmerac, Allie Snider, Nickolas Garner, Clint Curfman, Ian Sherlock, and Dan Hoover.
The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club has announced the winners of their 2020 Four-Way Test Speech Contest held on Wednesday, February 26th at Northern Bedford High School. Eight contestants representing Central and Northern Bedford High Schools participated.
The purpose of the annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster the principles of ethics in everyday life as well as in business and introduces high school students to Rotary. Each student is asked to write and present a speech in length of no less than five minutes and no more than seven minutes. They select the topic of their speech, but should incorporate Rotary’s Four-Way Test “Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Matthew Hall, an 10th grade student at Northern Bedford High School, was awarded first place and a check in the amount of $500. Clint Curfman, a senior at Central High School, was awarded first runner up and a check in the amount of $300. Lacey Fleck, a senior at Central High School, was awarded second runner up and a check in the amount of $200.
Also, competing this year were Nickolas Garner, Morgan Robison, Ian Sherlock, Allie Snider, and Heyleigh Wilkins, all students at Northern Bedford High School.
Chrissy Dively, President of the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club, congratulated all the contestants for presentations. “We are proud of all of the students who participated in the Four-Way Speech Contest,” commented Dively. “The poise and substance of the speeches were impressive.” She encouraged the students to continue with their public speaking, sharing that it will serve them well in whatever career path they choose.
This year’s contest judges, all members of the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club, included Chrissy Dively, Chuck Gojmerac, and Dan Hoover. Shana Stern, also a Club member, served as a timekeeper.
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