Bucyrus students take top spots in local Rotary Four-Way Test Speech contest

Bucyrus students take top spots in local Rotary Four-Way Test Speech contest
Posted on 04/23/2015

The Bucyrus Secondary School is excited to announce that three students took the top honors during the annual Bucyrus Rotary Club Four-Way Test Speech contest. Mark Musick was the overall winner, with Chelsea Dunlavy taking second and Jacob Bloomfield finishing third.

The Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest is an opportunity for students in grades nine through twelve to write and deliver a five to seven minute original speech based upon the Rotary Four-Way Test. The test asks the four following questions: is it the TRUTH, is it FAIR to ALL concerned, will it build GOOD WILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS and will it be BENEFICIAL to ALL concerned?

"My speech was about competition," Musick said. "I picked the topic because competition is something I love to be a part of and I think it makes everyone better. Some people say that competition can bring out the worst in people, but I love it and thinks it benefits everyone."

This is the first time Musick competed in the contest, and as the winner of the annual event he was invited to the district competition at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky April 18. Musick represented himself, Bucyrus Secondary School and the Bucyrus Rotary Club very well in the competition.

Chelsea Dunlavy, a senior at BHS, finished second with her speech about texting and driving. She chose the topic because it hit close to home.

"I know a lot of people text and drive and I hear a lot of commercials on the radio for it," Dunlavy said. "It was a relevant problem to the world and my age group, and I know someone who wrecked texting and driving so the topic was very personal for me."

Junior Jacob Bloomfield picked also picked a relevant social topic; racial inequality and how it is still an issue today. Bloomfield's approach, however, in applying the Four-Way Test differed greatly from his fellow competitors.

"I broke it down to show that most racial inequality stereotypes are not even true, no matter how general they are," Bloomfield said. "It can't build goodwill or better friendships because it's about treating people like they're worse than you, and it's not beneficial to all involved because you're viewing people that you've never met as below you before you've even be able to know them."

Participants are encouraged to memorize their speeches as well as include facts, statistics, stories, examples, quotations, personal humor and more. They were judged based on eight different performance criteria. These include attitude, voice, nonverbal cues, language, content, organization, adaption and effectiveness of theme. A panel of distinguished Rotary members served as judges for the local event.

For more information regarding the Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest, contact Robin Showers at (419) 562- 6089 or via e-mail at rshowers@bucyrusschools.org.