Essay Contest for Interact Students

Essay Contest for Interact Students

Rotary District 7470

Essay Contest for Interact Students

Four-Way Test Essay

Deadline - March 31, 2014

1st Prize – Laptop Computer

(This application is available online at

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Who is Eligible?

Rotary District 7470 invites students who are members of an Interact Club sponsored by

a Rotary Club in District 7470 to write an original essay on the topic of the “Rotary Four-way Test.”

Rotary International

Rotary International is a worldwide organization dedicated to humanitarian service both locally and internationally. There are 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs in 200 different countries. Rotary’s motto is “Service Above Self”. Rotary’s guiding principle is the Four-Way Test, concerned with promoting high ethical standards in both the personal and professional lives of Rotarians.

The Four-Way Test

Is it the TRUTH?

Is it FAIR to all concerned?


Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Purpose of the Essay Contest

The purpose of the Four-Way Test is to foster ethics in everyday life, as well as in business. The Essay Contest is designed to introduce high school students to the Rotary principles of ethics and service. It is also aimed at encouraging young people to learn to express themselves in writing. In nearly every profession, the ability to express one’s thoughts and ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively is an important skill.

Essay Theme

Why and how can I apply the Four Way Test to My Life? It must explore one or more of the Four-Way Test questions.

Directions and Guidelines for submitting an essay

One essay per student

Student must be an active member of an Interact Club

Essay must be typed in Microsoft Word double-spaced no more than 1000 words (2 ½ pages double spaced). Essay must be the original work of student working individually.

By submitting original work student isconsenting to the release of submission to Rotary District 7470 for reproduction in District and Club Newsletters/Websites and publication in local media and press.

How will participants be recognized and awarded?

1st place prize will be a HP Laptop Computer

2nd place prize is $100.00

3rd place prize is $50.00

Winners will be invited to read their essay and accept their award and certificate of achievement at the Rotary District Conference to be held at the Hanover Marriott on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Judging and Criteria

All essays must be original works and will be judged on the ability to apply the Four-Way Test to the student’s life--past, present or future.

Content (50%)

Application of The Four-Way Test in the writer's life (20 points)

Use of examples from peer group and life experiences (15 points)

Human Interest appeal and "color" in examples and writing style (15 points)

Organization (35%)

Neatness of essay (5 points)

Introduction that captures reader's attention and establishes the major essay theme (10%)

Development of ideas that are presented in clear, logical order, with smooth transitions between ideas, and supported with good examples (10%)

Clear, concise message of creative, real application of The Four-Way Test (10%)

Language (15%)

Spelling (5 points)

Punctuation (5 points)

Grammar (5 points)


Deadline March 31, 2014. Late applications will not be considered.

Submit essay and Entry Formelectronically to

Or mail

Barry Kroll, District Governor

27 Laurel Way

Madison NJ 07940

Rotary District 7470

Contest for Rotary Interact Students

Four-Way Test Essay

Entry Form – Deadline March 31, 2014

Name of Interact Club:______

Name of Sponsoring Rotary Club:______

High School Attended:______


If Applicable

Name of Faculty Advisor:______

Name of Rotary Club Liaison______

Applicant Name:______


City, State, Zip______

Phone Number:______

Email Address:______

I certify that I am an active member of an Interact Club and participate on a regular basis. I further certify that my essay is an original work written by me working individually.

Yes No