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4 Way Speech Contest
Each year the Westlake Bay Village Rotary Club hosts a speech contest for High School students in Westlake and Bay Village based on the Rotary Four-Way-Test.  The Four-Way Test of “the things we think, say or do” is a test used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships.  The test is:
        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 speech is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s 4 Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. It should be something from the speaker’s personal experience or general knowledge. There are no restrictions regarding the choice of topic as long as it is not blatantly offensive.

Each part of the Four-Way Test should be addressed during the speech. They should be specifically stated, as the intent of the speech is to use the 4 Way Test to resolve an issue. Each part could be used to prove either a positive or negative point.
Prizes at the Club level are:  
1st place: $200.00
2nd place: $100.00
3rd place: $75.00
Honorable Mentions:  $25.00 
Westlake Bay Village Rotary can send 1 winner per school to the District level contest. Clubs that have more than 1 school in their jurisdiction can determine the number of students that they send to the District contest (subject to the 1 winner per school rule).
The District level contest is held in two rounds, a semi-final round and the finals.  Winners from the Club level are grouped at random to compete in the semi-final round. 1 winner from each group advances to the Finals.
Prizes at the District level are:  
1st place: $1,200.00
2nd place: $900.00
3rd place: $700.00
Honorable Mentions:  $200.00