SIDNEY — Maddison Borchers, of Russia Local Schools, was named the winner of the Rotary Club of Sidney’s annual 4-Way Speech Contest March 6.
Maddi Fortman, of Fort Loramie High School, and Emma Mertz, of Hardin-Houston Schools were runners up.
Nine high school students from eight Shelby County schools participated. The students gave speeches to members of the Rotary Club and judges. The speeches needed to pertain to use of the Rotary International 4-Way Test. The 4-Way Test includes four questions for good decision making. The four questions are: Is it the Truth?; Is it Fair to all concerned?; Will it build Goodwill and Better Understanding?; and Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?
Madeline Okuley, from the Botkins Local School, Sarah Jones, from Anna Local Schools, Chare Jeffries, of Hardin-Houston High School, Hannah Michael, of Christian Academy, Troy Oltman, of Sidney High School, and Beth Weigandt, of Fairlawn Local Schools, also participated.
Borchers used the 4-Way Test centered on Snap Chat.
“Social skills have diminished,” said Borchers, “due to the use of Snap Chat.” Mertz spoke about music camp and the recent loss of her grandfather to cancer. By applying the 4-Way test to her current life situation, she stated, “ I felt that connection one last time.” Fortman spoke about education around the world for girls, citing that, in some countries, more than 90 percent of girls do not go to school, and in some particular areas, the girls have the threat of death if they try to go to school. She applied the Rotary Test to the statement, “All girls should be allowed to be educated” and summed up with her gratitude for her education in the United States.
Borchers will represent the Rotary Club of Sidney at the district contest at Wright State University, April 2.