Swanton High School senior Mikayla Rochelle will represent Swanton Rotary at the District 6600 Four-Way Test Speech Contest in Van Wert, Ohio on Saturday. Rochelle won first place at the Rotary’s local contest on March 22, which qualified her for the district competition.
This is Rochelle’s second year competing in the District contest.
“I really didn’t know what to expect last year, the contestants were all so impressive. I feel like I have a better idea of how to prepare this year, but I know that the competition will, once again, be at a very high level,” said Rochelle.
The preliminary contest, sponsored by Swanton Rotary, was held at Swanton High School and encouraged participants to create and deliver speeches by taking a topic of their choosing and applying it to the Rotary’s Four-Way Test. Adopted in 1943 by Rotary International, The Four-Way Test is a set of guidelines by which Rotary clubs around the world conduct community outreach and personal conduct.
The test includes simple, yet powerful, questions of: Is it the truth?; Is it fair to all concerned?; Will it build goodwill and better friendships?; and Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Local judges, Swanton School Board member Steve Brehmer, Mayor Ann Roth and Swanton Schools EMIS coordinator Ashley Stambaugh, critiqued the contestants on delivery, originality and content.
Rochelle received a $100 prize for first place and sophomore Ashlynn Waddell won $50 for her second-place finish.