Avon High School
NCR and Winners
Avon Lake High School
Brookside High School
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.
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.
Taking time to travel and immerse yourself in another country’s culture takes courage and planning. In the following interview, hear from two students who participated in short-term exchange programs this summer:
Jesse Ruben wrote a song, “We Can” which came to the attention of a school teacher in Canada. The teacher created a project using the lyrics. Jesse Ruben’s song inspired this project-based learning initiative where teachers connect students of all ages to the difference they can make in their lives, their communities and the world. North Coast Rotary and Rotary Clubs from Amherst, Vermilion and Oberlin offered the program to their respective school districts, culminating in Jesse Ruben’s visit with students in mid-May. Students and teachers participated by sharing their “I can” goals for themselves, the community and the world. All enjoyed the music as well as Jesse’s uplifting and positive messages, and school officials look forward to continuing the program next year.
Avon Middle School students placed first, second and third in the contest which challenged the students to write an essay (no more than 1,500 words) on the topic, “Rotary’s Four Way Test and What it Means to the Conduct of my Daily Life.” The Four-Way Test includes answering the following questions related to what we say and do: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The purpose of the essay is for the students to explain their personal understanding of the Four-Way Test and how it relates to his/her life experiences and/or society. How does it influence what they say and do? http://thefourwaytest.com/history-of-the-four-way-test/
In total, 13 contestants from three middle schools in three different school districts (Avon, Avon Lake, and Sheffield-Sheffield Lake) participated.
Inna Nikolova, a senior at Brookside High School, attended her first Rotary Club Meeting in Belgium her host country for this school year. (Its customary to exchange Club Flags.) When asked why she sought the exchange program, Inna said “The fact that I will come back completely fluent in another language is something that will benefit me in the future, especially in my career since I plan to major in International Relations.” Inna had the support of her family, fellow students at the North Coast Interact Club, and Brookside High School teachers and staff. To pay for her travel expenses, Inna worked at Wal-Mart in Avon, held fundraisers at Brookside and received contributions from North Coast Rotary Club and Interact Club and an anonymous donor. We are very excited for her. She promises to keep us updated as her adventure continues.
North Coast Rotary Club members, Rotarians, their families and friends gathered to welcome the new leadership team and to recognize several people who have strongly contributed to the Rotary Club’s initiatives.
After enjoying dinner at Sapori’s restaurant in Avon Lake, the Club recognized Kristin and Michael Kral with a Family and Community Service Award. The Kral family including their daughter Kenzie, have helped with the Rotary Youth Exchange program for the past year.
Mike Kral has also assisted North Coast Rotary by his work on our website, and various promotional communications. Congratulations to Michael and Kristin Kral!
Annually North Coast Rotary Club sponsors students to attend a workshop at Defiance College. Seven students attended this year, getting a taste of college life, learning about Turkey and developing and presenting their reports. Four of the students shared their experiences with the Rotary Club.
Jenna and Inna from Brookside and Lauren and Andrew from Avon all said they enjoyed World Community Workshop and were pleasantly surprised at how much fun they had.
Clare Cyan Young, Director of Community Outreach and LLCIP Internship Coordinator, explains the Internship Program and why it was voted the “coolest internship program in northeast Ohio” in 2014 by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. The purpose of the program is to engage youth talent, showing them the value of staying and working in Lorain County.