Avon’s Michele Smith and Avon Lake’s Eric McFadden win 1stPlace

This spring, many Avon and Avon Lake 7th and 8th grade students worked with their Language Arts teachers to write essays explaining their personal understanding of the 4-Way Test and how it relates to their life experiences or society.  Both school districts submitted their top six finalists to North Coast Rotary’s 4-Way Test Essay Competition. 

A committee of Rotarians reviewed and evaluated each essay for focus, content development, style, and other factors. A few of the weighty topics were truth, fairness and goodwill in society and personal relationships, wearing masks during the pandemic and the opportunities to build trust in the Avon community working with Avon’s City Council.  

To the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, Rotary presented Award Certificates and cash prizes. 4th Place winners were also presented with Award Certificates.  

Michele Smith won 1st Place North Coast and 1st Place Avon and her essay was submitted to the District Competition.

Alexandria Balthaser won 2nd Place North Coast and 2nd Place Avon. 

Eric McFadden won 3rd Place North Coast and 1st Place Avon Lake and his essay was submitted to the District Competition. 

Bree Bodde won 2nd Place Avon Lake.

Harshal Bhavsar won 3rd Place Avon Lake.

Alexa Lopata won 3rd Place Avon.

Lilly Fay Casterline, Jacob Lecorchick, and Emmit Lotz won 4th Place for Avon Lake and Deanna Dyer, NhaTien Le, Molly Legeza won 4th Place for Avon.

Congratulations to these students for their effort and achievement, and much thanks to their Language Arts teachers.  This is the sixth year that Avon’s and Avon Lake’s 7th and 8th graders have participated in North Coast Rotary’s Essay Contest.