Four Way Test Speech Contest 2022

Jim Bullock, Contest Chair
Presidents, Activity Directors and District Leaders,  

2022 Contest Winners

1st place: Madhalassa Iyer of Plano Senior High (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plano West)
2nd place: Joshua Li of Plano West Senior High (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plano East)
3rd place: Rudy Lea of Dallas Christian H.S. (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Mesquite)
4th place: Samuel Cavanna, home-schooled (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Irving Sunrise)
5th place: Andie Abell of Plano Senior High (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plano)
6th place: Hailey Williams, J.J. Pearce H.S. (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Prestonwood)

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

10 am to 12 noon
Karol Omlor Studio Theatre (the Addison Events Center, 15650 Addison Rd, Addison, TX 75001), subject to change
The Four-Way Test Speech Contest in District 5810 invites local high school students to speak about various subjects while applying Rotary’s Four-Way Test – which asks four ethical questions about the things we think, say, and do:
  • Is it the truth? 
  • Is it fair to all concerned? 
  • Will it build good will and better friendships? 
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?


WHO: Contestant may be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in a public, private, or home school and may have competed and won in previous years. Contest participants write an original speech, of 5-7 minutes in length, which they deliver first at a local Rotary club meeting’s contest. See here for Information about holding a local Four-Way Test speech contest.
TOPIC: Material must be original in content and be about applying the Rotary Four Way Test to an important issue in our everyday relationships with other people.
DELIVERY: Speech may be memorized or notes may be used, but reading is discouraged. Memorized at District is certainly more impressive.
The winner of the local club’s contest advances to the District final to compete against the winners from the other Rotary clubs in District 5810.
Judges at the Club-level score participants as the Club determines.
Judges at the District level will score each participant’s speech based on content, organization, and delivery. For example, content scores tend to focus on originality, creativity, imagination, timeliness, the human interest, and application of the Four-Way Test. Organization scores tend to focus on the speech’s structure (ex., how effective is the introduction? how were examples used in the body of the speech? how did the conclusion wrap-up the speech?). And delivery scores tend to focus on diction, pronunciation, projection, grammar, clarity, articulation, tonal variance, and the extent to which the participant engages the audience (ex., gestures, eye contact, etc.). Judges will use the “Most Firsts” method (i.e., which candidate has the highest rankings – for example, two “firsts” and one “third” wins over three “seconds”) to rank participants. Speeches shall be no longer than 7 minutes in total; participants will be “cut off” at 7 minutes.


  • All entry forms and entry fees must be submitted no later than May 1, 2022.
  • Clubs must pay an entry fee for their participants. The entry fee is $95.00 if paid by April 25, 2022. After April 25, 2022, the entry fee is $115.00.