Congratulations Speech Contest Winners!

Students representing Avon, Avon Lake and Brookside High Schools challenged themselves in the North Coast Rotary 4-Way Test Speech Contest, now in its tenth year.  Dr. Cathy Pugh, Rotarian and speech contest judge said, “The students were an impressive group, poised and prepared and they chose interesting and timely topics.”  

Dylan Roof, Avon HS earned 1st place recognition and will proceed to the Rotary District Speech contest.  Camryn Evans, also from Avon HS earned 2nd place.  Both Avon Lake HS student Seamus Sinclair and Brookside HS student Sabrina Bibb tied for 3rd place.   Read more here: Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest

7th Annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest at North Coast Rotary

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.


4-Way Test – Public Speaking Contest Winners


On Tuesday high school students from Avon High School, Avon Lake High School and Brookside High School participated  in a Rotary sponsored public speaking competition, also known as the 4-Way Speech Contest.

Rotarian Dr. John Crooks coordinated the program and enlightened the audience of 30 members and guests about its’ history.  Rotarians have long promoted high ethical standards, and the “4-Way Test” asks that of the things we think, say and do:
1) Is it the Truth;
2) Is it Fair to all concerned;
3) Will it build Goodwill and better Friendships and;
4) Will it be Beneficial to all concerned.

The Contest gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their public speaking skills while highlighting Rotary’s values.  Students develop their own speaking material drawing on the 4-Way Test and their own personal experiences.

The students’ presentations were evaluated by four judges, all with educational backgrounds.  The judges complimented the participants on their presentations expressing their opinions that they all performed at college level.

Kyle B. from Avon Lake High School and Sam L. from Avon High School were fourth place finishers and were recognized for their effort in participating.

Alexis D. from Avon High School was awarded a third place finish; Dale W. from Brookside High School a second place finish; and Elliott P. , also from Brookside High School, was awarded first place with the opportunity to continue at the Area Contest and District Contests.

Cash prizes were  awarded to the first, second and third place winners.  The next competition among the winners from 10 to 16 Rotary Club competitions will be at Ritter Public Library in Vermilion on Saturday March 12th.