Rotary Announces Speech Contest

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Rotary Announces Speech Contest

High School Students Invited to Enter Coronado Rotary Speech Contest 

Coronado High School and CoSA students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to enter the 2018 Rotary International Four-Way Speech Contest. The Rotary Club of Coronado competitions will be held in February with the club winner receiving $200 and moving on to higher level competition.

In 2017, two Coronado students became District Finalists in a contest involving hundreds of high school students. Owen Shafer and Angela Ahern, who presented outstanding speeches, finished 2nd and 3rd, and between them won over $2,000. 

Other benefits of participating in the competition include learning how to prepare and present a speech. Feedback from students indicate that they find themselves better prepared for college interviews or other times when they need to make a good presentation. 

The Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest encourages high school students to prepare and give 5-7 minute speeches that apply the Four-Way Test to everyday activities and issues. Students are to apply Rotary International’s Four-Way Test throughout a five to seven minute speech. 

The Four-Way Test asks the following four questions about 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?

Participants have an opportunity to choose subjects they are passionate about and present their speeches for judging at Rotary Club semi-finals on February 7 and 8. Four speakers will be selected to vie for cash awards at the Coronado Club Championship on February 28: First Place $200; Second Place $100; Finalists $50 each. 

This spring the Coronado Club winner will advance to the next highest level contest with opportunities to participate in Rotary District level finals with additional cash prizes totaling more than $1,000.

Coronado High School and CoSA students in grades 9 through 12 interested in participating in the 2018 Rotary Speech Contest should complete the Student Entry Form found on the Coronado Rotary Club website at Click on the Four-Way Speech Contest tab near the top of the page. Contest rules, FAQs and Tips are on the site as well.  The deadline for entries is January 31, 2018.