School Officials, Contestants and North Coast Rotarians
Is it the truth; is it fair; will it build goodwill and better friendships; will it be beneficial? These are the goals of Rotary’s Four-Way Test and the challenge for the Avon, Avon Lake, and Brookside high school speech contestants who competed at the North Coast Rotary club meeting on February 5th in Avon Lake.
After much preparation and supported by their teachers, five contestants presented to a group of Rotarians, parents, teachers and guests. The topics of their speeches included, The Lack of Competition; Pay and Workplace Inequality; First Impressions and its Pitfalls; Sexual Harassment and the MeToo movement and Givers, Takers and Matchers, the Value of Labels.
Past Rotary Club President Dr. John Crooks facilitated the Contest for North Coast Rotary, including securing independent judges Esperanza Correa from LCCC and Dr. Robert Young from Baldwin Wallace University. Contestants were judged on multiple dimensions of delivery, originality and content.
After much deliberation and a referral to Contest Rules in order to break a tie, the winners were announced:
ALHS Junior Marguerite Smith for First Place and $300
AHS Senior Abigail McNichols for Second Place and $200
BHS Junior Marlee Kovalik for Third Place and $100
ALHS Senior Alex Stamatis for Fourth Place
ALHS Freshman Mallory Roof for Fourth Place
In March, ALHS Junior Marguerite Smith has the opportunity to compete at the Rotary 6600 District Level in Van Wert, Ohio.
Thank you to pizza vendors who brought their staff and served hot pizza making this North Coast Rotary fundraiser a success! Close to 500 guests had the opportunity to sample up to three delicious pizzas from each of seven vendors. All guests could vote for their favorite pizza overall (People’s Choice Award), the pizza with the Best Sauce and the Best Specialty Pizza. In addition, our “Pro” sampled all the pizzas and voted for his favorite.
After tallying hundreds of votes, President Elect Joe Matuscak announced the results.
Neechi’s was awarded the People’s Choice trophy.
The Best Sauce trophy was awarded to Master Pizza.
Marco’s won the Best Specialty trophy and
The Pro’s Choice Award went to D’Tutanelli’s.
Joe Matuscak also recognized Donato’s, Cafe Piccolo and Pizza Hut for their enjoyable pizzas and their support, and thanked Peace, Love and Little Donuts for their generous donation of donuts.
North Coast Rotary thanks the Avon School Administration – Ben Hodge, Kristina Buller, and Rob Woods; the Avon Music Boosters; and Avon students, families and friends for your support at North Coast Rotary’s Great Pizza Bake-Off!
Everyone seemed to enjoy the varied pizza samples from Cafe Piccolo, Donatos, D’Tutanelli’s, Marco’s, Masters, Neechi’s and Pizza Hut and especially the generously donated donuts from Peace, Love and Little Donuts.
Funds raised will be used for multiple youth initiatives including leadership seminars, speech and writing contests, international youth exchange, scholarships and other programs.
Sample pizza, vote for your favorites and support Rotary! Vendors include: Cafe’ Piccolo, Domino’s, Marco’s, Master, Neechi’s, Pizza Hut and D’Tutanelli’s. Desserts courtesy of Peace, Love and Little Donuts.
North Coast Rotary will also have, on-hand, a collection trailer that is used for collecting used medical equipment and supplies. The equipment and supplies collected are ultimately sent to needy countries throughout the world. As an example, if you have an old walker, or a pair of crutches, or even the likes of a no-longer used knee or ankle brace, please bring them to the Pizza Bake-Off. You will be doing a great service and you’ll likely clear something out of your closet that you’ve been meaning to get rid of anyways. Additionally, if you have something too large, to be dropped off (i.e. a hospital bed), alternate arrangements can be made to have the medical equipment picked up from your residence.