Students Recognized by Annapolis Rotary Club

Mike Datch

Carolyn Matthews, Emile Sheie, Grace Soltes, Grace Sweeney, Hank Mortimer

Annapolis, MD (May 29, 2018) – Three students from Rockbridge Academy in Millersville were recognized by the Rotary Club of Annapolis recently as part of a speech competition featuring Rotary International’s Four-Way Test. They included Carolyn Mathews, first; Grace Soltis, second; and Grace Sweeney, third.

            The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages and Rotarians recite it at club meetings. The tenets are: “Of the things we think, say or do, Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

            Annually students in Anne Arundel County public and private high schools can participate in the contest. They each write and present speeches using the Four-Way Test, with judging by a committee of club members selecting the winners. The first place student also competes at a regional level and if that final winner, then moves on to the district competition. Students receive cash rewards depending on their final placement.

Rotary’s Motto is Service above Self