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District 5500 Virtual Four-Way Test Speech Contest
After reviewing the recent challenges and participation levels, the leadership of the Four Way Test Speech Contest has decided to create a revised and updated model  to re-invigorate the Contest, including a move from spring to fall of 2024. New possibilities include  modifications to the speech requirements, format revisions, Interact student participation, and more. Rotarians who are interested in joining the new planning team can contact Deb Haddock, Speech Contest Coordinator, at
The Purpose of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest
The purpose of the Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster ethics in everyday life, as well as in business. The contest is designed to introduce high school students to the Rotary principles of ethics and service, and to involve local Rotary Clubs with the youth of their communities. It also is aimed at encouraging young people to learn to express themselves well in public. In nearly every profession, the ability to express one’s thoughts and ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively is an important skill.
The specific goals of the contest are as follows:
  • To acquaint youth with Rotary, and, specifically, the tenets of the Four-Way Test.
  • To demonstrate and enhance Rotarians’ commitment to youth.
  • To heighten awareness of Rotary among parents, school officials, and the community.
  • To recognize, encourage, and reward accomplishment in our youth.
  • To encourage high school students to develop public speaking skills.
Please contact Deb Haddock at: if you have any questions.