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Sun Lakes Rotary awards 6 Chandler Unified orators

April 15th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Sun Lakes Rotary awards 6 Chandler Unified orators

By Dr. Honora Norton
Guest Writer

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes recently held its annual Rotary International Four-Way Test Speech Contest with six students from six different Chandler Unified School District high schools competing.

The purpose of the speech is to apply the principles of Rotary International’s Four Way Test to a current ethical issue. Students are challenged to identify a topic they feel passionate about and to adopt a point of view from which they will seek to persuade others. It should be something from the speaker’s personal experience or general knowledge.

Each part of the Four-Way Test was addressed during the speech.  The Four Way Test addresses: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Judges at the event included: Bret McKeand (RI District 5495 Governor), Chandler Unified Assistant Superintendent Dr. Craig Gilbert, Chandler Unified Superintendent Frank Narducci, Leo Schlueter (CUSD/RCSL member), Larry Horton (RI District 5495 Governor-Elect), Bonnie Snow (RCSL member/Sun Lakes resident), with Bill Schink (RCSL member/Sun Lakes resident) serving as judging auditor.

Bill McCoach, RCSL member/Sun Lakes resident and event chairman;, announced that first place with a $500 award went to  Gauri Murkoth, a sophomore at Arizona College Prep, who spoke on social media, while second place and $250 was won by Hamilton High sophomore Gowri Biju, who spoke on Herbert Taylor.

Four runners up, who each won $100, were Basha freshman Disha Sankhla, Chandler High sophomore  Mikayla Pelt, Casteel High freshman Wonjeaong “Danny” Han, and Perry freshman Grant Stieber.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes also recently presented a $500 check to Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA for 10 scholarships to the YMCA’s Safety Around Water Week’s May 2022 Learn How to Swim Program.

Safety Around Water is a program that shows parents, caregivers, and children the importance of water safety skills and provides access to water safety lessons.

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