Rotary Club hosts speech competition


Tribune staff reports

Seymour Rotary Club conducted a Four-Way Test speech contest for students in grades 9 through 12 on Jan. 18.

Contestants prepared a four- to six-minute speech about leadership, service and the Four-Way Test to recite from memory.

The test was written by club Aluminum Products President Herbert Taylor in 1932: 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?

Rotarians around the world use the Four-Way Test to help guide them in the decisions they make, both personally and professionally.

Local students participating in the contest were Hailley Peters from Trinity Lutheran High School and Grace Hartman and Katie Hodge, both from Seymour High School.

Local prizes were $100 for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place.

Hartman was the winner and will advance to the district competition March 5 in Bedford, where district prizes are $1,000 for first place and $500 for both second and third place.

District winners will attend the Rotary District 6580 Conference on April 9 in Bloomington to recite their winning speech and collect their prize.

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