The Cedar Springs Rotary recently handed out the awards for their annual 4-way test contest March 13. They had five fifth grade classes this year, including Creative Technology Academy, celebrating Rotary’s Annual 4 Way Test Essay Contest. 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 nine 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?”
“We as Rotarians are aware of the example we set as individuals and as a Club in our community,” noted Rotary president Amanda Gerhardt. As community leaders and partners, we are mindful of what we think, say and do.”
Coming in first this year was Katelyn Hoogerheide, of Mr. Moleski’s class. “Our committee felt that she understands what integrity is, wrote very clearly, gave a great definition, a great example and strives to be a person of integrity herself,” noted Clark. Katelyn was given her award and $40.
Two tied for 2nd place: David Whitten, of Mrs. Luttrell’s class, and Nicholas Cummings of Ms. Cairy’s class. “Their essays were similar in that they each wrote about a person that they looked up to as setting a great example,” said Clark. Both were given an award and $20.
Two also tied for 3rd d place: Alyssa Washington, of Mr. Moleski’s class, and Ashley Shelagowski, of Mr. Aaron Kenemer’s class. “We chose them for the similar qualities of their stories,” noted Clark. “Each girl wrote her story around a significant family member – her special grandfather.” Both were given an award and $10.