On May 16, the George H. W. Bush Elementary School in Addison held a Four-Way Test Contest for students in the third, fourth and fifth grades.  The contest was sponsored by the Addison Midday Rotary Club (AMRC).
The school is one of 5,000 “Leader In Me” (https://www.leaderinme.org/) schools in all 50 states and 50 countries.  The Leader in Me builds leadership and life skills in students.  The program is based on Steven Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of the Highly Effective People”.  The 8th habit is ‘find your voice’.

The school and the AMRC have a long working relationship.  The Principle, Carol Crowling talks to the AMRC once a year where she become aware of the Four-Way Test.  When approached about a Four-Way Test Contest, she realized this was a great opportunity for her students to find their voice, which will lead to being able to defend their opinion and share their thoughts.

Nineteen students participated in the contest.  Their speeches ranged from 30 seconds to two minutes long.  First and second place trophies were awarded to students in each grade.

Each student who participated received a certificate, a framed picture of themselves, pizza, ice cream and a free pass to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The passes are good for unlimited visits for one year by up to eight people at one visit.

Principal Crowling hopes the participants will go on to participate in Dallas ISD speech contests such as the Martin Luther King Oratory Competition.