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Rotary lauds LOJ, Lakeridge students

Middle-schoolers won prizes this week for their essays and speeches


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego Junior High eighth-grader Emmy Markgraff took first in the speech category of a Lake Oswego Rotary Club contest.The Lake Oswego Rotary Club honored four local students this week for writing and speaking about the humanitarian principles that are the foundation of the civic organization.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge Junior High seventh-grader Karthik Sreedhar prevailed in the essay category of the LO Rotary Club contest.A seventh-grade essay contest and eighth-grade speech contest offered students from Lake Oswego’s two middle schools a chance to reflect on Rotary’s guiding principles: “Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lake Oswego Junior High seventh-grader Bo-bae Yu earned second place in the essay category.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lakeridge Junior High eighth-grader Sarah Lyell received second place in the speech category Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

Called the Four-Way Test, the principles are to be weighed when considering personal intentions, decisions and actions. The Rotarian organizing the contest, Thomas Cloutier, said it not only introduces youths to these principles, but “also gives us a chance to showcase the talented youth of Lake Oswego.”

School-level contest winners presented their work in front of club members Monday. Emmy Markgraff of Lake Oswego Junior High triumphed in the speech category, and Karthik Sreedhar from Lakeridge Junior High landed the top spot in the essay category.Sarah Lyell of Lakeridge Junior took second place in the speech contest, and Bo-bae Yu of LOJ received second in the essay contest.

The top two in each category walked away with prizes — $100 for first and $50 for second — and first-place winners will compete in a district-wide competition May 16 in Pendleton. LO Rotary is within District 5100, which encompasses the majority of Oregon and a chunk of Southwest Washington. Students who progress to the district contest have a shot at first- to third-place prizes of $500, $250 and $100.

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