BUCYRUS – Three Bucyrus Secondary School students took top honors during the annual Bucyrus Rotary Club Four-Way Test Speech contest.
Bailey Plumley finished tied for first place, with Victoria Adams taking second and Sarah Lipscomb finishing third.
Plumley’s speech focused on Media Ethics, while Adams’ speech was titled “Looking Past Appearances” and Lipscomb’s speech dealt with “The Power of Words.”
Plumley will present his speech at the Rotary District #6600 4-Way Speech competition in Van Wert on April 8.
“Bailey, Victoria and Sarah did a fantastic job preparing their speeches for this event,” said Secondary School Principal Dr. Mark Burke. “These students represented themselves, their families and the entire Bucyrus City School District very well.”
The Rotary Four-Way Test Speech Contest is an opportunity for students in grades nine through twelve to write and deliver a five to seven-minute original speech 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?
“I want to congratulate Bailey, Victoria and Sarah on a job well done in this competition,” said Superintendent Kevin Kimmel. “Our staff does a great job helping our students prepare for this competition each year, and I appreciate their dedication to our students’ success.”
Participants are encouraged to memorize their speeches as well as include facts, statistics, stories,
examples, quotations, personal humor and more.
They were judged based on eight different performance criteria. These included attitude, voice, nonverbal cues, language, content, organization, adaption and effectiveness of theme. A panel of distinguished Rotary members served as judges for the local event.
For more information regarding the Rotary Four-Way Speech Contest, contact Robin Showers at (419) 562- 6089 or via e-mail at [email protected]