Rotary lauds LOJ, Lakeridge students
Middle-schoolers won prizes this week for their essays and speeches
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.
A seventh-grade essay contest and eighth-grade speech contest offered students from Lake Oswegos two middle schools a chance to reflect on Rotarys guiding principles: Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? 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.