The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual Rotary 4-way test contest. They invited students from Cedar View, Creative Technology Academy, and Algoma Christian to enter, and had nine fifth grade classes participate. All essays were written at school in 200 words or less. Teachers chose the 2 best essays from their class and submitted them to the committee, which included Julie Wheeler, Carolyn Davis and Donna Clark.
“We had 18 diverse and interesting essays to read, evaluate and choose from,” explained Clark. “We looked at grammar, writing mechanics, spelling, presentation and the story line. We looked for a clear outcome, such as the lesson learned or character revealed.”
The 4 Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages and published in thousands of ways. The message should be known and followed by all Rotarians. “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?”
Coming in first this year was Martin Yakes, of Mrs. Kahler’s class. “We feel he withstood a great test of integrity and learned a great lesson. His essay is entitled “Truth or Dare,” explained Clark. Katelyn was given her award and $50.
Second place went to Ashlyn Roberts, of Mrs. Latimer’s class. “She is a girl of great integrity as her essay demonstrates,” said Clark. She was given an award and $30.
Jesse Nagle, of Mrs. Boverhof’s class, came in third place. “We appreciated how Jesse found his way out of a very sticky situation with honesty and integrity,” remarked Clark. He was given an award and $20.
“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Rotary President Ron McDermed. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”