Sabrina Dong, a Junior at Lakota West High School, representing the West Chester-Liberty Rotary Club, won the 2014 District 6670 Four Way Speech Contest Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Wright State University.
By Deb Dulaney
On Sunday, March 30, 2014, we had 36 high school students representing 33 Rotary Clubs compete in our annual Four Way Speech Contest.
The event was well attended at Wright State University in Dayton, and the speeches given by the students were truly inspiring and focused on Leadership, Service and the Rotary 4-Way Test.
The Rotarians serving as our statisticians/scorers had a very difficult task of narrowing the five finalists. We normally select four finalists but we had a tie for fourth place.
The finalists are:
- 1st Place – Sabrina Dong, Junior, Lakota West High School, representing West Chester-Liberty Rotary Club, receiving a $400 cash prize which will be presented at District 6670 Conference.
- 2nd Place – Emma Warner, Senior, Tipp City High School, representing Tipp City Rotary Club, received a $300 cash prize.
- 3rd Place – Sarah King, Junior Lakota East High School, representing West Chester-Liberty Rotary Club, received a $200 cash prize.
- 4th Place – Lauren Long, Junior, Oakwood High School, representing Oakwood Rotary Club, received a $100 cash prize.
- 5th Place – Brooke Anderson, Junior, Cedarville High School, representing, Xenia Rotary Club, received a $100 cash prize.
My committee consisted of Mac Hickman, District Governor, Batavia Rotary Club; Eric Marcus, DGE, Beavercreek Rotary Club; Norma Berry, PDG, Mason-Deerfield Rotary Club; Beth Huber, Co-Chair, Wilmington Noon Rotary Club, Rich Sears, West Chester/Liberty Rotary Club; Dr. Bill Shula, DGN, Cincinnati Rotary Club and Dr. Sigrid Solomon, Wilmington AM Rotary Club.
Special thanks to the Wright State University leadership, Dr. Kristin Sobolik, Dean and Professor College of Liberal Arts , Associate Dean Herb Dregalla, Dr. Melissa Spirek, Professor and Chair Department of Communication and her Assistant, Tracey Hill, and the 27 faculty, staff and alumni serving as judges for the two rounds of competition and a final round of our five finalists.
Further acknowledgment to Greentree Group and Travis Greenwood for sponsoring the beautiful crystal awards that were presented to the finalists.