Initiated in 1997 by Dublin Rotarian
and Past District Governor, Preston Johnson, the Preston Johnson Rotary
District 6920 Annual High School Speech Contest is a special project
engaging Rotarians, educators, and students in a meaningful and rewarding
opportunity for personal development of our nation's future leaders.
Originally named the 4- Way Test Speech Contest, the contest evolved over
the years to focus on the current International President's Annual Theme
or the 4-Way Test. No matter which theme is used the basic premise
remains: the speech contest requires students to research and learn about
Rotary in preparing a short speech; in doing so, the students as well as
all audience members receive an invaluable review of the great service
which is Rotary.
In January this year, the local high school speech competition
takes place; Club Presidents & Speech Contest Chairs notify school
administrators and educators at local area high schools. These individuals
should be informed of the Rotary High School Speech Contest and a
Scholarship each of the three Zone winners will receive after their speech
presentation at District conference. All high school students may compete,
freshman through senior. A student having placed or won the club or zone
contest in past years as an underclassman may still compete as long as
they remain a high school student.
Each year the contest theme is based on Rotary
International President's theme or they may choose instead the "Rotary
4-Way Test". Speeches are limited to 3-4 minutes with points deducted by
the judges for less than 3 minutes or more than 4 minutes. At each club
contest, three students will be selected as the first place, second place,
and third place winners.
This year up to two finalist from
each Rotary club are allowed to compete at the
Zone Contest to be held in February and early
March. The three first place finalists from the Northern,
Western Zones will present their speeches at District Conference, with no
competition, and must be present to win. Unfortunately the District Budget
will not support the three $1,000.00 scholarships this year due to the
state of the economy. However, we can continue to give the three $1,000.00
scholarships if each club will agree to pay a $100.00 Zone Entry Fee for
each finalist (maximum of two) attending the Zone competition. Please see
the Speech Contest Guidelines for more information.