Students can win cash in Rotary contest
BENNINGTON — High school students can win cash prizes in the “Four-Way Test Speech Contest” on March 26 in the Rotary Room of the Bennington Free Library from 7 to 9 p.m., hosted by the Catamount and Bennington Rotary Clubs.
High school students in grades nine through 12, living in Arlington, Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury and Woodford are eligible to enter. Home-schooled and exchange students are welcome and encouraged.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three speakers: $300 for first, $200 for second and $100 for third. The first-place winner will be eligible for the district competition April 7.
The contest is based on the Four-Way Test, a set of values that Rotarians use to set high ethical standards. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks, “Of the things we think, say or do: 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?”
Students choose their own topics, and deliver a five- to seven-minute speech on the chosen topic. However, speeches must address the values of the Four-Way Test.
Applications are available from Mike Molloy at the Mount Anthony Union High School or online at the Rotary website at www.catamountrotary.com.
The entry form includes guidelines, rules and recommendations for the speech, and a copy of the Four-Way Test.
Applications are due by March 22. They may be returned to Molloy or Dan Lucy at MAUHS or to Robert Pini by mail at 100 Ledge Hill Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.
The snow date is March 28. Find out more about Rotary at www.rotary.org.