McClain junior Kaylee Hurley is this year’s winner of the Greenfield Rotary Club’s annual Four-Way Speech Contest and will compete at the district level this weekend at Wright State University.
Five McClain students competed last month, with school staff and administration serving as judges. The competitors visited the Greenfield club at Thursday’s meeting, with Hurley presenting her speech to Rotarians.
Hurley’s first-place speech was about supporting the armed forces of the United States.
McClain junior Taylor Weaver placed second and freshman Emily Jones placed third. Senior Kalei Fabin and sophomore Harrison Gallaugher also competed in the speech contest. All contestants received cash prizes from the Greenfield Rotary Club.
The annual contest is centered on Rotary’s Four-Way Test: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
Adopted in 1943, the Four-Way Test is meant “as a simple checklist to help ensure that we are applying this positive and powerful code to how we try to live our lives and serve others,” according to the Rotary 6670 District website.
As previously reported, each winning student from clubs in the Rotary 6670 district will give their speech on Sunday, April 10 at Wright State University at least twice to different judges. The judges will be non-Rotarians and will be faculty and staff from the communications department of the university who have been trained in the concepts of the Rotary Four-Way Test.
The four contestants with the highest combined scores will give their speeches in a final round. Contestants will be judged on content and delivery in applying the concepts of the Rotary Four-Way Test. District Winners will receive: first place, $400; second place, $300; third place, $200; and fourth place, $100.
The district first place winner is expected to attend the district conference on April 30 to be held at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast.
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