Fairfield High School senior Seth Allen was the winner of Hillsboro Rotary’s annual Four-Way Speech Contest on Tuesday, and will move on to compete at the district competition on Sunday, April 10, at Milett Hall at Wright State University, Dayton.
Contestants first competed at the local school level, which this year included Hillsboro High School and Fairfield High School. Top finishers from Hillsboro High School were senior and first place finisher Chloe Griggs, who was awarded $200 for winning at the local school level. Second place at HHS was Bryanna Buerkle, a junior who was awarded $50.
From Fairfield were senior Seth Allen, who won first place at the school level and was awarded $200, and junior Braden Heizer, who finished second and was awarded $50.
The first place winners from each school competed Tuesday in front of judges and Rotarians. Griggs spoke on vaccinations and illness. Allen spoke on “what it means to be a nerd.”
After he was chosen as the winner on Tuesday, Allen was awarded an additional $300.
Judges were Jennifer West, Highland District Library; Mike Thomas, dean of Instruction at Laurel Oaks; and Tim Koehl, Paxton Theatre.
Speeches are judged on four criteria – topic, delivery, length and content. The topic is required to relate to Rotary’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?
Rotarian Amatha Farrens chairs and organizes the Four-Way Speech Contest for the Hillsboro club.
When Allen competes in the district competition in April, each student will give his or her speech at least twice to different judges. The judges will be non-Rotarians and will be faculty and staff from Wright State University Communications Department who have been trained in the concepts of the Rotary Four-Way Test.
The four contestants with the highest combined scores will give their speeches in a final round. Contestants will be judged on content and delivery in applying the concepts of the Rotary Four-Way Test. District Winners will receive: first place, $400; second place, $300, third place, $200, fourth place, $100.
The district first place winner is expected to attend the district conference on April 30 to be held at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast.