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