Bucyrus students take part in Rotary essay contest

BUCYRUS — Three Bucyrus Secondary School students participated recently in the first Bucyrus Rotary Club Four-Way Test Essay contest.

Seventh-grader Natalie Stover and eighth-graders Samuel Rager and Morgan Young entered essays about how the Rotary Four-Way Test applies to their personal lives, or how it applies to society.

Bucyrus Middle School eighth grade students Samuel Rager (left) and Morgan Young (right) pose with seventh grade student Natalie Stover (center), who was selected as the local winner in the first-ever Rotary Club Four Way Test Essay contest. (Submitted photo)

“Natalie, Samuel and Morgan did a great job preparing their essays for this contest,” said Secondary School Principal Dr. Mark Burke. “These students represented themselves, their families and the entire Bucyrus City School District very well during their essay presentation at the Bucyrus Rotary meeting.”

The Rotary Four-Way Test Essay Contest is new for the 2016-2017 school year, and is an opportunity for students in seventh and eighth grades to write an original essay based upon the Rotary Four-Way Test.

The test asks the four following questions: is it the TRUTH, is it FAIR to ALL concerned, will it build GOOD WILL & BETTER FRIENDSHIPS and will it be BENEFICIAL to ALL concerned?

“The scoring was very close with only a three-point difference separating the three students’ essays,” said Rotary member Virginia Hammontree. “The winning essay was presented by Natalie Stover, and I’m pleased to announce that her essay was forwarded to the District-level competition where she finished in tenth place amongst a district that includes 65 Rotary clubs.”

Retired Bucyrus High School English teacher and Four-Way Speech coach Margaret Thornton, local newspaper reporter Kimberly Gasuras, and professional article writer and Rotarian Fred Hendricks served as judges for the first year of the essay contest.

“I want to congratulate Natalie, Samuel and Morgan on a job well done in this essay competition,” said Superintendent Kevin Kimmel. “Our staff did a great job helping our students prepare for the contest this year, and I hope more students will participate in next year’s Essay Contest.”