Patton student wins top regional honor in Four-Way Speech Competition
Posted on 05/31/2017

Patton eighth grader Hannah Smith won first place in Rotary’s Four-Way Speech regional competition last weekend. The regional contest is the highest level of the competition.

Hannah’s speech on money won first place at the local level in the McMinnville Noon Rotary, which qualified her for the regional competition.  Her win marks the second year in a row that a Patton student has won the regional contest.

Hannah’s speech was about how to balance societal pressure to make money with spending time with family and serving the community.  The Four-Way competition follows the test of things people think, say or do:

  • First:  Is it the truth?
  • Second:  Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Third:  Will it build good will and better friendships?
  • Fourth: Will it be beneficial to all concerned.

Every year McMinnville Rotary hosts the Four-Way Speech contest with local middle schoolers. Students deliver their speeches and are judged by club members. The winner at the city level moves on to compete regionally.

Competing against other local level winners, Hannah came out on top and won a $500 prize.

Congratulations, Hannah!