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.
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.
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?
For High School Seniors from Avon High School, Avon Lake High School and Brookside High School, the Rotary Club Foundation will fund a total of six scholarships; one for each high school and one for each program – Interact and Strive.
Scholarship applications are accepted beginning in March and decisions are made in May. Each high school guidance office has the scholarship application forms. Eligibility requirements include acceptance by and enrollment in a four-year college or university.
Diners sampled pizza from seven vendors including Coleone’s, Domino’s, Marco’s, Neechi’s, Pizza Hut, Teresa’s, and Zeppe’s. Neechi’s Pizza was voted People’s Choice; Coleone’s was voted Best Specialty Pizza; and Teresa’s was voted Best Pepperoni Pizza. The Pro’s Personal Choice award went to Marco’s Pizza. Dessert treats were provided by Avon’s Vintage House Cafe’.
Once again Kristina Buller, Avon High School Principal, was emcee. Principal Buller was assisted by Rob Woods, Assistant Principal who also served as the mystery diner to select the Pro’s Personal Choice Pizza winner. While Rotary Club members ran the show, the Northcoast Interact club sold drinks and candy, and helped the children at the Putt-Out for Polio putting green.
Thank you Avon High School, our Bake-Off Sponsors, our Pizza Vendors, Vintage Cafe’ and all the guests who contributed to this event’s success!
James Miller, Realtor with Howard Hanna, and Ben Hodges, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Avon City Schools have joined the thirty-plus member North Coast Rotary Club. Both are looking forward to actively supporting the club’s community and youth services efforts.