WILMINGTON — Co-chairs Jerry Bailey of Wilmington Rotary and Chuck Watts of Wilmington AM Rotary announced that the 2020 Four-Way Test Speech Contest is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 27 in the McCoy Room of Kelly Hall, Wilmington College.
They are now accepting student release forms from participating students in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades from all Clinton County schools. Returning contestants are encouraged.
Here is the appropriate link: http://bit.ly/24WaySC . Students must return release forms to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Jan. 24.
Each of the two Rotary Clubs in Wilmington will choose a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winner who will receive $200, $125, $100 and $75, respectively.
Also, each club will send their 1st place winner to the Rotary District 6670 Four Way Test Speech Contest at Wright State University on Sunday, March 29 to compete for cash prizes of $400, $300, $200 and $100.
“We would love to have at least two contestants from each grade from each high school in the county,” said Watts.
Contestants must apply the Rotary Four-Way Test to the concepts of leadership, service to others, and life experience. Speeches not presenting all aspects of the Four-Way Test will be disqualified.
The speech is to be presented from memory without the aid of lectern, notes, displays, or props. The speech must be no less than four minutes and no more than six minutes. Speeches failing outside these limits are disqualified.
The speech given by each contestant must be the work of the contestant alone and no more than 75 words may be quoted.
The Four-Way Test of the things we think, say or do is: “Is it the truth?”; “Is it fair to all concerned?”; “Will it build goodwill and better friendships?”; and, “Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
The two Rotary Clubs are part of Rotary International, established in 1905, and whose motto is “Service Above Self.” For more information visit www.rotary.org.