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Rotary selects essay winners

The Cedar Springs Rotary recently selected the winners of their 4-way test essay contest at Cedar View Elementary.

Each year the Rotary works with the fifth grade classes at Cedar View, and eight classes participated this year. “We couldn’t continue this program without the support and cooperation with the outstanding teachers from Cedar View,” said Rotarian Donna Clark.

All essays were written at school in 200 words or less.  Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class, and from those 15, the 4-Way Committee, including Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Clark, chose 3.

“It was very hard to choose just three,” said Clark. “We read some great stories on the theme, ‘Setting a Good Example.’”

The Rotary 4-way test says, “Of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

The winning students from each class were:
From Mrs. Boverhof’s Class – Christian Bird and Shyanne Burnett
From Mrs. Myers’ Class – Mariah Rios and Nicold VanSeggern
From Miss Felter’s Class –Jenna Zoerman
From Mrs. Luttrell’s Class – Moriah Alger and Alexander Douglas
From Mr. Stark’s Class –Abi Garza and Maya Ingersoll
From Ms. Mumford’s Class – Justice Guy List and Madison Mora
Mrs. Latimer’s Class – Gavin Moore and Nathan Foster
From Mr. Gates’ Class – Lisa Heintzelman and Logan Gunneson

“All have received a certificate of achievement and a personal letter from our 4way Test Committee congratulating them on their outstanding essays. It is really quite an accomplishment to be chosen from all of the students in the 5th grade,” noted Clark.

Of those students, three were selected as the top winners. In first place was Maya Ingersoll; in second place Mariah Rios; and third place Christian Bird.

Maya received $50, Mariah $25, and Christian $15, in addition to their awards.

One of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world is the Rotary 4-Way Test. It was created by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor in 1932 when he was asked to take charge of the Chicago-based Club Aluminum Co., which was facing bankruptcy. Taylor looked for a way to save the struggling company mired in depression-caused financial difficulties. He drew up a 24-word code of ethics for all employees to follow in their business and professional lives. The 4-Way Test became the guide for sales, production, advertising and all relations with dealers and customers, and the survival of the company was credited to this simple philosophy.

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