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Winners of Essay Contest


Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Winners are pictured here with the Selection Committee.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

CS Rotary Club announced the winners of the 4-Way Test Essay Contest. The theme was “Setting A Good Example”.

1st place – Sally Odren, Mr. Moleski’s class “The Things People Say”

2nd place (tie) – Jack Cairy, Mrs. Kahler’s class “Feeding the Heart”

2nd place (tie) – Makenna Nichols, Mrs. Miller’s  class, “Feeding the Hungry”

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

Josh Trendt with Mr. Moleski

3rd place (tie) – Josh Trendt, Mr. Moleski’s class, “Small Town, Big Heart”

3rd place (tie) – Analiese Van Harten,  CTA, “Inspire”

Congratulations to the winners. Thank you to the teachers and parents for supporting these great writers! It’s exciting and gratifying to be able to promote the habits of mind so esteemed by Cedar Springs and by Rotarians alike.

Go Red Hawks!

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Rotary Club honors 5th grade essay winners


Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

Pictured are the Cedar Springs Rotary 4-Way Test essay winners. From L to R: Sally Odren, Makenna Nichols, Jack Cairy, Analiese Van Harten, and Josh Trendt. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Rotary handed out awards to students last week in their annual Rotary 4-way test essay contest. They invited fifth grade students from Cedar View and Creative Technologies Academy to participate. All essays were written 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, Donna Clark and Bea Hesley.

Clark and Rotary president Tom Noreen spoke with each of the classes ahead of time, and gave them some background on Rotary. “We talked about having integrity and the 4 way formula (is it the truth, is it fair, will it build goodwill, will it be beneficial) and how it ties in with habits of mind,” explained Clark. “People who live by these have integrity and impact their community in a positive way. We told them to think about one of these that they practiced in their own lives—a real life situation that would touch us, and told them to write about it.”

The students were then on their own to write the essays. And the students who won had a good grasp of what the committee was looking for. Out of 14 essays, they chose five. There were ties for second and third place.

“We feel like these essays were the best ever,” said Clark.

The two second place essays were about volunteering to feed hungry families. The third place winners wrote stories about how a community can work together to benefit one another, such as the fundraisers for the Rickers.

The first place winner spoke about how things people say can be cruel, but we can choose to be inspired rather than let their words have a bad effect on us.

The first place winner was Sally Odren, of Mr. Moleski’s class at Cedar View. She won $50.

Second place winners were Jack Cairy, of Mrs. Kahler’s class, and Makenna Nichols, of Mrs. Miller’s class, both at Cedar View. They each won $25.

Third place winners were Josh Trendt, of Mr. Moleski’s class at Cedar View, and Analiese Van Harten, of Mrs. Norman’s class at CTA. They each won $10.

“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” said Noreen. “As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”

The 4-Way Test was adopted by Rotary in 1943 and is a code of ethics each Rotarian aspires to live by both in their business and personal lives. It 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?”

This is the ninth year that the Rotary has partnered with local schools on this project.

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5th Grade Student Named Third Place Winner of Rotary Essay Contest


Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Analiese with her parents, Rob and Amy Van Harten.

Every year the Cedar Springs Rotary Club puts on a Four-Way Test Essay Contest for local fifth grade students. The Rotary’s Four-Way Test essay questions consist of:

  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?

This year, one of CTA’s fifth grade students, Analiese Van Harten, tied for Third Place in the contest. She and her family, fifth grade teacher Mrs. Norman, and Dean of Students, Mrs. Mattson, attended the Rotary Meeting on March 8, which honored all of the winners.

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