Purpose of consideration of holding a speech contest:
Many vocations require skills in good communication, the ability to research and deliver information and ideas confidently. Understanding the importance of values enables the presenter to provide a balanced view which has considered ethical standards and the potential impact on self and others. The Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest provides a platform to build those skills aligned with the moral compass of Rotary’s Four-Way Test
The aims of the contest are to:

  1. Promote the values of Rotary that emphasize ethics and values in life.
  2. Develop the confidence and self-esteem in students.
  • Develop relationships between Rotary and secondary schools.
  1. Provide an opportunity for students to test their skills before an audience.
  2. Encourage and foster excellence in the art of public speaking.


The theme for the 2020 District Speech Contest was "Rotary Connects the World".  



The 2019 District 6580 4-Way Test Speech Contest took place on Saturday, March 23rd in Bedford.  Maya Federle from Columbus took First Place, Shambly Sorrells from Jasper was First Runner-Up and Molly Treadway from Vincennes was Second Runner-Up.  Congrats to all the students who participated!


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