Winners of St. George Rotary Club’s 4-Way Test Essay Contest are, from left, Ammya Scott, Spencer Duell, Maggie Cook, Daryn Ham, Ali Stum, Lyndsi Graf. In the back are Durant McArthur, contest chairman and Phil Hall, SGR President.
In the 9th year of competition, 115 students participated in SGR’s 4-Way Test Essay Contest. To participate, students in intermediate schools throughout the Washington County School District were invited by Chairman Durant McArthur and his committee, to compose their thoughts in writing about someone they know who best exemplifies Rotary’s 24-word test of ethics in all aspects of life: is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Awarded a $50 first prize at Fossil Ridge Intermediate School is Ammya Scott, daughter of Travis and Kim Scott, who wrote about her grandmother. A second place prize of $25 went to Spencer Duell, son of Larry and Julie Duell who shared respect and admiration for his own father.
At Lava Ridge Intermediate School, first place honors went to Maggie Cook, daughter of Alan and Karen Cook and Daryn Hamm, daughter of Gwen and Jeff Ham , was the second place recipient for her essay about her teenage sister Hannah who she noted “is a perfect example of Rotary’s 4-way test.”
Ali Stum, daughter of Justine and Kristen Stum, a student at Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, was recognized for her well-written thoughts about a dance teacher who lives both the letter and the spirit of the 4-way test. Also at Sunrise Ridge, Lyndsi Graf, daughter of Pam and Jeff Graf, noted her parents set the most ethical tone “in our home and in their lives.”
Language arts classes in the WCSD, with at least a 30% participation in the contest, were also awarded $200 to use in whatever way the teacher deems appropriate. Recipients included Teresa Southwick from Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School, Rosemarie Swallow from Lava Ridge Intermediate School and Marvalee Lund from Fossil Ridge Intermediate School.