Rotary names speech contest winners

TROY — The Four-Way Test of Rotary International was the theme for the annual speech contest hosted by Troy Rotary Club on March 14 at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center.

Open to students at Troy High School, Troy Christian High School, Miami East High School, private school and home schooled students, the event requires each contestant to memorize a four-to-six minute speech that addresses the questions of the Four-Way Test: (1) Is it the truth; (2) Is it fair to all concerned; (3) Will it build goodwill and better friendships; and (4) Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

This year’s top prize was awarded to Rachel Martin, a junior at Troy High School. Her speech focused on stopping bullying in schools and how it relates to the Four-Way Test. Martin won $250 from Troy Rotary and now will compete at the Rotary District 6670 competition on Sunday, April 10 at Wright State University’s Millett Hall. The top prize for the District event is $400. Second place in the Troy contest was awarded to fellow Troy High School sophomore Emma Shigley for her speech on confidence levels, and she earned $150. Both ladies will present their speeches to Troy Rotarians during the club’s weekly meeting on April 5 at the Troy Country Club and will receive their prize money at that time. Members of Troy Rotary wish Martin all the best as she delivers her inspiring speech next month.

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