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Enter the New Albany Rotary Club Speech Contest

Rotary Logo New Albany Rotary Club of New Albany 2022 - Speech Contest

Attention all High School Orators!

On behalf of the Rotary Club of New Albany, you are invited to enter our 2022 Four-Way Test Speech Contest.  The competition will be held in the high school mini-theater on Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 3:30 pm.

Rotary Speech Poster 2022The contest is open to all high school students, freshmen through seniors, from the following:

New Albany Plain Local Schools
Home-schooled students within the area
(The number of contestants is limited to 20. Enter early to ensure your participation.)

We are asking you to compose a speech applying the Rotary Four-Way Test to everyday relationships.  This is the Rotary statement of principle, recited each week at the start of thousands of Rotary meetings around the world.  The purpose of the speech is to resolve an ethical issue using the principles of the Four-Way Test. Each contestant chooses the topic of his/her speech with the subject being something from the speaker’s personal experience or general knowledge. Contestants identify a situation where they must decide to do or say something (or not do or say anything) and then use the Four-Way Test to develop their course of action, elaborating on each of the four questions as they relate to the situation. Be as creative as you want.  A panel of judges will choose the winners – first, second, and third places.  And, there are cash prizes! 

Complete the registration form and return it on or before Friday, March 18.  I look forward to hearing some inspiring speeches!

Mr. Jon Hood
Speech Chairman
Rotary Club of New Albany
2022 Rotary Club of New Albany Speech Contest

The Contest:

  • Date/Time: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location: NAHS Mini-Theatre (I-Building)
  • Prizes:
    • First Place: $250
    • Second Place: $150
    • Third Place: $100


Eligible Participants: 
Students in grades 9-12 at:

  • New Albany Plain Local Schools
  • Home-schooled students within the area served by the schools listed above
    (The total number of contestants is limited to 20.)


Regional Contest:
The first-place winner of the New Albany contest will be invited to participate in the Rotary District 6690 Contest.

Date/Time:
Friday, April 8 (8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.)

Location:

Cherry Valley Hotel Event Center
2299 Cherry Valley Rd. SE
Newark, Ohio 43055

Prizes:

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $400
  • Third Place: $300

Presentation of winners’ speeches at Rotary Club of New Albany:
Who: The first, second, and third place winners will present their speeches to the club and receive their cash prizes.

Date/Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Questions? Contact Mr. Jon Hood at phone (614) 413-7109; e-mail at hood.6@napls.us



Rules of the Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest 

The Four-Way Test

Of the things we think, say, or do…

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it BUILD GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Eligibility

Any high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, except a student who has won a previous Regional Four-Way Test Public Speaking Contest, from the following schools:

  • New Albany Plain Local Schools
  • Home-schooled students within the area served by the schools listed above

(The number of contestants is limited to 20.)

Rules of the Speech

SUBJECT:  Applying the Rotary Four-Way Test in everyday relationships with other people.

DELIVERY: The speech is best given from memory and may not be read verbatim.  Notes are allowed but the use of notes will cause points to be deducted.  No props or audience participation may be used.  A lectern and microphone are available.

LENGTH OF SPEECH:  The speech should be no less than five minutes in length nor more than seven minutes.  The speaker will be signaled at five and six minutes.

SPEECH CONTENT:  The speech given by each contestant must be original in content and relate as much as possible to the lives of the age group of the contestant.

Prizes
First Place $250; Second Place $150; Third Place $100. 


Please complete the form below to enter.