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Guidelines for Contestants

                                           Rotary District 6780

                       Four-Way Test Speech Scholarship Competition 2017

                                          The Rotary Four-Way Test

                                                Is It the TRUTH?

                                         Is it FAIR to All Concerned?

                            Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

                                   Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 

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RULES OF COMPETITION:

A. The Scholarship Competition is open to students in grades 9-12 and sponsored by an active Rotary Club in District 6780.

B. Topic: Leadership, Service and the Four-Way Test. The contestant must apply the Rotary Four-Way Test to the concepts of leadership, service to others and life experience. NOTE: In the event the contestant has participated in a previous Speech Scholarship Competition, that contestant shall not present a previously used speech and must develop and present a new and contemporary speech. Use of a previously presented speech shall result in DISQUALIFICATION.

C. Delivery: The speech is to be presented from memory without the aid of podium, notes, displays or props.

D. Length: No less than four minutes and no more than 6 minutes. Any speech that falls outside either of these limits will be disqualified.

E. Content: The speech given by each contestant must be the work of the contestant alone. No more than 75 words may be quoted.

PROCEDURE:

A. Each contestant will receive a copy of "Guidelines for Contestants" from the sponsoring club and prepare a four to six minute speech based on the guidelines.

B. Contestants will draw for positions for the order of their speeches in the club contest.

C. Local club competition may be held in one round. Subsequent rounds can be held at the club's option. Presentation before a live audience will be helpful to the contestant selected for District competition, since it is open and uses a forensic competition format.

D. District competition will be held April 1st, 2017 at Tennessee Tech University. The first place winner will have the opportunity to present their speech at the 2017 District Conference. All winners will be recognized.

E. The District contest is conducted using the format of forensic speech competitions. Each student will give his/her speech before a panel of judges. Contestants will be judged on content and delivery.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNTS AND DISTRIBUTION:  

A. District scholarships will be awarded: These amounts are to be determined.

B: Scholarships monies will be distributed in accordance with District 6780 procedures. Once the student has been enrolled in their college or university, that institution shall forward a statement for the scholarship amount to the District Chair-Vocational Services Committee for submission to the District Treasurer. Payments shall be made directly to the institution of higher learning.