Rotary offers speech contest

ARLINGTON — Local high school students can win one of two $1,000 prizes in the “Four-Way Test Speech Contest” through Rotary District 5050. Students in grades 8-12 living in Arlington, Lakewood or Darrington can apply under the Rotary Club of Arlington. Public, private, home-schooled and exchange students are encouraged to participate.

Two $1,000 prizes will be awarded to the top two contestants. Both prize winners must be available and able to travel to Vancouver, B.C., between May 30 and June 2 to deliver their speeches.

The contest is based on the Four-Way Test, a set of values and ethical standards that Rotarians strive to follow. This 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?”

Contestants may choose from a list of topics to develop a five- to 10-minute speech, and deliver a five- to seven-minute speech on the chosen topic. Speeches must address the four values of the Four-Way Test.

Applications are available from A.J. Chase at the Rotary Club of Arlington, or online at The entry form includes guidelines, rules and recommendations for the speech, and a copy of the Four-Way Test.

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m.   Friday, April 5, and should be submitted to


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