Avon Middle School Students Sweep Rotary Essay Contest

Avon SchoolsAvon Middle School completed a clean sweep at the annual North Coast Rotary Club Four-Way Test Essay Contest for seventh and eighth-grade students.

Avon Middle School students placed first, second and third in the contest which challenged the students to write an essay (no more than 1,500 words) on the topic, “Rotary’s Four Way Test and What it Means to the Conduct of my Daily Life.” The Four-Way Test includes answering the following questions related to what we say and 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?

The purpose of the essay is for the students to explain their personal understanding of the Four-Way Test and how it relates to his/her life experiences and/or society. How does it influence what they say and do? http://thefourwaytest.com/history-of-the-four-way-test/

In total, 13 contestants from three middle schools in three different school districts (Avon, Avon Lake, and Sheffield-Sheffield Lake) participated. The top three individuals are listed below:

First place winner: Kylah Kittleberger (7th grade) – Avon Middle School ($100 prize)

She wrote about her experiences in Girl Scouts. “The Four Way Test has a huge impact on how I think, what I say, what I do, and how I conduct myself,” Kittleberger wrote. “It actually makes me think before I act, checking to see if what I am going to say or do is truthful, helpful, beneficial and fair. The test allows me to do good for others without expecting anything in return. Although it is a life principle; when I give, it will be given back to me in good measure, I choose to be kind because it’s right.”

Second place:  Gary Hurst (7th grade) – Avon Middle School ($75 prize)

He wrote about helping a friend who was being bullied at school. “This life experience taught me that in life, it is best to treat people the way I would like to be treated,” Hurst wrote. “Middle school is a time where a lot of bullying does happen, but if we can come together and speak out and stand up for each other, we can make a difference in our school and community.”

Third place:  Madisen Liauw (7th grade) – Avon Middle School ($50 prize)

She chose to describe the aspects of the test in greater detail in her essay. “All of the questions in the Four Way Test will affect your reputation and how you decide to handle later on problems,” Liauw wrote. “It will affect your life by changing your behavior and your view of everyday items. You will be happier and responsible, making yourself a mature person. This won’t only build up your responsibility, but your relationships, too. All in all, The Four-Way Test will change your daily life by affecting your relationships and behavior.”

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