Four-Way Test Speech Contest

From the earliest days, Rotary has been concerned with promoting high ethical standards.   One of the world’s most widely quoted statements is Rotary’s 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Every year Rotary districts around the world sponsor high school 4-Way Test contests.

The purpose of the speech is to persuade others while applying the principles of the Rotary 4-Way Test. The goal is for students to make the world a better place, to practice the virtues of critical thinking and ethical decision making, to develop public speaking and leadership skills to positively influence and inspire others regarding an issue that they find passionate.

 

2023 Contest Information

THE ROTARY 4-WAY TEST

Of the things we think, say, or 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?

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

BE A STUDENT PARTICIPANT

High school students, grades 9 through 12, are eligible to participate.  Each contestant chooses the topic of his/her speech.

  • 1st place will be awarded $1,500.
  • 2nd place will be awarded $1,000.
  • 3rd place will be awarded $750.
  • 4th place will be awarded $500.

Student with sponsoring club Registration 2023
Student without sponsoring club Registration 2023


Helpful Resources for Students
 

 BE A CLUB SPONSOR

Host your own Four Way Test Speech contest in your club and select your finalist to send to the District competition.

Sponsoring Clubs must complete a 4Way Test Club Participation Agreement 


Not able to produce your own contest? You can sponsor an at-large student participant! Clubs willing to sponsor an at-large student participant must complete a Sponsor At Large Student Registration

Once assigned a student you must complete a 4Way Test At Large Club Participation Agreement

BE A SPEECH MENTOR

Rotarian and Rotaractor mentors will support students preparing for our 4-Way Test Speech Contest. Mentor applications due by March 18, 2023.

  • Mentors will be assigned a student in January.
  • Mentors will support students through the stages to competition to include picking a topic, developing a speech, and honing the performance.
  • Mentors will support students through the District Semifinals on April 10 and through the final competition, as indicated.

4Way Test Mentor Registration Form 2023


Helpful Resources for Mentors

TIMELINE

  • January: Club members and Interact mentors recruit students

  • January: Students without school mentor support will be assigned to a Rotarian or Rotaractor

  • Before March 18: Clubs hold their own selection competitions if desired

  • March 18:  Club Participation forms are due including the $200 fee per student

  • March 18: Student Application forms are due

  • April 1: Semi-Final Contest will be held live at Glen Burnie High School: 830 a.m. If the situation is not conducive to meeting in person, we will have a virtual competition.

  • April 22: Final Contest (To be judged by conference attendees). 

Questions: Contact District 4-Way Test Speech Program Chair Matthew May at
410-340-9127 or email thefourwaytestguy@gmail.com