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4-Way Speech


The 4-way speech contest offers an opportunity for educators to provide an ethical learning opportunity to high school students.

Students in participating classes are asked to write a short essay on the subject: "What the Rotary Four Way Test Means to Me" that can be read in six minutes to their entire class. The students are not limited in their choice of topics. They are encouraged for innovation and creativity in their selection, even if it seems off-the-wall, or states a position that might be controversial or held only by a minority. The only criteria should be that the student's presentation must specifically relate the essay/speech to Rotary's Four Way Test. It can be humorous or serious, current or historical, commonplace or unique. The text only need incorporate in some manner each of the four tenets of the "Four Way Test of the Things We Think, Say or Do", which states the following:

Our club will select and sponsor student(s) to participate and compete with other students sponsored by Rotary Clubs in our District. Bartlesville (Noon) Rotary has matched our $300 prize money to be awarded at the December 14th "speech off". Winning students will present their speech at our Club Meeting. The top three finishers selected by Rotarians in our club will receive cash prizes and continue into the Rotary District 6110 competition representing our Club. The winner at the Rotary 6110 District Assembly in May will receive $1000. Each of the four runner-ups will receive $350.