The Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit announces High School Speech Contest Winners

April 16, 2014 

The Rotary Club of Lee’s Summit hosted April 10 the finals of the Club’s Four-Way Speech competition.

To earn a spot in the finals, students were chosen as the top of their respective school’s competitions, as judged by club members, in an effort headed by Blake McKinney. The finalists were:

Alex Brooks - Lee’s Summit High School

Jasmine Jefferies - Lee’s Summit North

Ally Ralls - Lee’s Summit West

The topic of the speech was Rotary International’s Four-Way Test: 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 test helps Rotarians make sure that their words and actions are consistent with their values.

In a vote of the membership, Ally Ralls edged her competitors, with her presentation illustrating the Four-Way Test using the Disney animated film Pinocchio, about the wooden marionette whose nose grew when he failed to apply the test (to tell the truth!)

Each of the competitors were awarded a prize from the club. Ally will go on to represent Lee’s Summit in Rotary District 6040 competition.Club sergeant at arms Jon Plaas spoke for the entire club as he declared the students “all winners,” saying it was unfortunate that only one could be the official winner of the competition.

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