Rotary hosts speech contest
Monday, March 24, 2014 12:04 AM
Times Bulletin Staff Report
Ann Brake of Lincolnview High School competes Saturday in the Rotary District 6600 4-way Speech Contest at the Van Wert Federal Lecture Hall of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. (Times Bulletin/Kirk Dougal)
VAN WERT - Fourteen Ohio high school students battled down the butterflies in their stomachs and swallowed around dry mouths to participate in the Rotary District 6600 4-Way Speech Contest on Saturday morning in the First Federal Lecture Hall at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center.
The students qualified for the district-wide event by winning at the local Rotary level. Clubs from as far away as Vermillion, Loudonville, and Elyria joined participants from closer areas in the competition. Ann Brake of Lincolnview High School was the winner of the Van Wert Rotary Club contest and was the local representative in the event.
The Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest requires the students to deliver a five-to-seven minute oration that espouses the Rotary 4-Way Test:
- Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Participants are judged on their proof of the four tenets as well as the content, organization, and delivery of the speech.