Rotary Holds 4 Way Test Public Speaking Contest



Rotary 4 Way Test chairman Don Barniske, Susan Villon, Paloma Ledesma, Haley Shaubzada, Ashley Torres, John West, and Ted Hughes.

BRAWLEY – Four students from Calipatria High School (CHS) and Brawley Union High School (BUHS) competed Wednesday, February 10, at the Brawley Rotarians annual public speaking contest, incorporating the current Rotary theme, “Light Up Rotary.”

Each year the Brawley Rotary International District 5340 open their doors to high school students to compete in their 4 Way Test public speaking contest which was held this year at the Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District auditorium.

The students also incorporated the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.”

The students applied the 4 Way Test to any topic of their choosing which poses the following questions:

Is it the Truth?

Is it Fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Participating students were Ashley Torres, Paloma Ledesma, Haley Shaubzada, all seniors at CHS, and John West, freshman at BUHS.

Chaperoning the students were Susan Villon, Counselor at BUHS and Ted Hughes, English teacher at BUHS.

Topics of the speeches ranged from technological devices to religious persecution.

“All of the students did an excellent job. I’m amazed at the scope and the detail of their speeches,” commented Greg Smith, Rotarian member.

The five judges for the 4 Way Test contest were Rotary members.

Winners of the contest were Ashley Torres and Haley Shaubzada. Both students received $100 each. The other finalists received $75 each.

Winners will progress to the District Finals in San Diego March 15, 2016.