Preparations are underway for the local Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest to be held on March 7, 2016, at the regular Bellefontaine Rotary Club meeting. The event is open to high school-age students throughout Logan County. Local high schools may hold their own Speech Contest prior to March 7 to select participants to compete in the Bellefontaine Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest.
Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test is still relevant today and transcends generations and national boundaries. Not based on culture or religion, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and asks the following essential questions of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be helpful to all concerned?
“We are hoping The Four-Way Test will capture the imaginations of our local youth as a simple checklist to help ensure that they are applying this positive and powerful code to how they try to live their lives and serve others. We are reaching out to high schools to find experienced speakers – maybe students who have been in theater productions or in speech classes – as well as students who are first-time speakers who can take the Rotary Four-Way Test and tell us how it applies in their lives,” said Sally Stolly, Chair for the local event.
The Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest is a chance for students to apply the test to their personal lives and experiences while talking about the concepts of leadership and service to others. Through a memorized four to six minute speech, students can share how the Four-Way Test applies to their service projects at school or church, or how it helps them become better students academically or how it is true in their interactions with siblings, friends, and team members.
For more information such as the contest guidelines and judging form, students are encouraged to contact their high school offices, their high school Interact Advisor, or the committee Chair listed below. Local cash prizes awarded by the Bellefontaine Rotary Club include: $200 for 1st place, $100 for 2nd place, and $50 for 3rd place. District Level cash prizes include: $400 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, $200 for 3rd place, and $100 for 4th place.
March 7, 2016 is the date for the Bellefontaine Rotary Club competition held at the Friendly Senior Center from 12 noon to 1pm, however, students can start planning now as it often takes students time to understand the test and find the experiences in their lives that best illustrate it. Then they must memorize their speeches, work on presentation and compete at the local or club level. Each of the 52 clubs in Rotary District 6670 is able to send a local high school age contestant to the District Competition at Wright State University on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
Submitted by the Benjamin Logan school district.