by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Sam Ward, who won last year's Rotary 4Way Test speech contest, was congratulated by contest chair Rob LeChevallier after the competition.Rotary District 5100 of Oregon and Washington is adding a new creative media division to its annual 4Way Test speech and essay contest and invites all seventh- and eighth-grade students in their region to submit entries.

Students can film and upload three- to four-minute skits, songs, poems or dramatic pieces to YouTube or Vimeo that demonstrate the use of the 4Way Test that guides Rotarian behavior and decision making: Is it truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The link to the video should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with a signed publicity release, available on the Rotary’s website,

Winning videos will be selected and shown at the district conference May 18 at the DoubleTree, Lloyd Center in Portland.

“In years past, only students who attended school with Rotary-sponsored essay or speech contests were able to enter the competition,” said contest chair Rob LeChevallier. “This is an opportunity for any seventh- or eighth-grade student in our district to participate.”

Cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $100 for third place will be awarded in each category.

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