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Canfield High School students compete in Four-Way Speech Contest

April 24, 2019
The Town Crier

At a recent Canfield Rotary luncheon meeting, four members of Canfield High School's award-winning Speech and Debate team, accompanied by Canfield High School speech coach, Jeremy Hamilton, competed in Rotary's annual Four-Way Speech Competition.

In preparing their presentation for the Four-Way Test Speech Competition, students are to use the framework of Rotary's Four-Way Test. The speakers chose very diverse aspects of life as their topics and thoroughly entertained and impressed the Rotarians with their poise, intellect, and delivery. Topics ranged from from "Living in the Moment" to "The Power of the Voice" to "Teenage Social Media" to "Embracing other Cultures." Each speaker considered (1) Is it the truth? (2) Is it fair to all concerned? (3) Will it build good will and better friendships? (4) Is it beneficial to all concerned? Rotary's Four-Way Test is one of Rotary's hallmarks and has prospered in the years since it was developed to rescue a failing business during the Great Depression.

In a very close contest, Grace Li and Dominic DeRamo tied for third place and were presented $50 each. Receiving $100 for second place was Vincent Machuga. Winning first place and $200 was Gregoroy Halley, who is also a state champion in Speech and Debate.

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Rotary Four-Way Speech Competition finalists pose with event chairman Eric Axelson, Canfield Rotary Four-Way Speech Chairman; Dominic DeRamo, Vincent Machuga, Grace Li, Gregory Halley; and the Rotary Club of Canfield President, Anthony Nacarato.

At the Rotary District 6650 Four-Way Speech competition in Canton on April 6, Gregory Halley won first place after competing with more than 20 students. Halley presented his winning speech on April 13 at the Rotary District 6650 2019 Conference in Columbus.

Canfield Rotary luncheons are held on Friday at noon at Fair Park in Canfield.



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