On Tuesday, April 28th, the Rotary clubs of San Diego County (District 5340) attended the annual 4-Way Speech Contest at the Center for Performing Arts in Escondido.
The 4-Way Speech Contest is an annual competition where high school seniors, who have previously won their local Rotary Club competition, compete at the regional level.
High School students compete at a regional level against other students presenting a topic of their choice but must clearly show Rotary International’s moral and professional code for business and personal relationships, The Four-Way Test.
“The Four-Way Test 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 BENEFICIAL to all concerned?” !
At this regional competition there were six finalists. Congratulations to the winners and their sponsoring Rotary Clubs: Baylin Herington/Vista High Noon Rotary Club – 1st Place winning a $600 prize, Elyse O’Neil/ Carlsbad High Noon Rotary Club – 2nd Place taking home a $300 prize, and 3rd Place Dulce Perez/Rotary Club 33 who won a $150 prize. Other finalists included Miranda Perez/The Rotary Club of Escondido, Tina Mellor/ Coronado Rotary Club and Jenifer Bui/Rotary Club 33. All competitors were recognized with a plaque.
President Keith Richenbacher of the Rotary Club of Escondido stated, “Rotary continues to support our local youth through various avenues including the 4-way Speech Contests, educational scholarships and leadership conferences like RYLA. We believe in the incredible talent of our young people today and are dedicated to develop our leaders of tomorrow. We congratulate all the students who participated and are excited to provide this opportunity for Rotarians to hear students’ points of view through their speeches and for Rotarians and students to interact.”