Rotary holds speech contest

Courtesy photo Taking part in the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club’s Four-Way Test Speech Contest were (from left): Shana Stern (judge), Dan Hoover (judge), Liberty Worthing (second runner-up), Allie Snider (first runner-up), Clint Curfman (winner), Cheryl Gonsman (club past president) and Rusty Hoover (judge).

LOYSBURG — The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club has announced the winners of its 2019 Four-Way Test Speech Contest held on March 21 at Northern Bedford County High School.

Six contestants representing Central and Northern Bedford high schools participated.

The purpose of the annual Four-Way Test Speech Contest is to foster the principles of ethics in everyday life as well as in business and introduces high school students to Rotary.

Each student is asked to write and present a five- to seven-minute speech.

They selected the topic of their speech, but had to incorporate Rotary’s Four-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?”

Clint Curfman, an 11th-grade student at Central High School, was awarded first place and a $500 check.

Allie Snider, an 11th-grade student at Northern Bedford High School, was awarded first runner-up and a $300 check.

Liberty Worthing, a 10th-grade student at Central High School, was awarded second runner-up and a $200 check.

Also competing this year were Krysta Kennedy, Aylisa Morral and Lacey Fleck, all students at Northern Bedford High School.

Cheryl Gonsman, past president of the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club, praised all the contestants for participating. “We are proud of all of the students who participated in the Four-Way Speech Contest,” Gonsman said. “The substance and presentations of the speeches were impressive.”

She encouraged the students to be active in their communities and continue with their public speaking that will serve them well in whatever career path they choose.

This year’s contest judges — all members of the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club — included Shana Stern, Dan Hoover and Rusty Hoover.

Cheryl Ebersole, also a club member, served as timekeeper.

The Morrisons Cove Rotary Club meets at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at the Spring Cove School District Adminis-tration Building in Roaring Spring.

For more information about the Four-Way Test Speech Contest or the Morrisons Cove Rotary Club, visit www.mcrotary.com or email info@mcrotary.com.