Each spring, local Rotary Clubs hold a Four-Way Test Speech Contest where High School Juniors or Seniors have the opportunity to compete for scholarship money.  The participating students must prepare a 5 – 7 minute speech that illustrates the Four-Way Test of Rotary International and how it applies to their life, activities, interests, or goals, or any combination thereof.
          1. Is it the truth?
          2. Is it fair to all concerned?
          3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
          4. Will if be beneficial to all concerned?
This year’s local contest held on April 5, 2021 consisted of one contestant, Clarissa Hinojosa, who delivered an excellent speech where she compared class ranking in schools and society against the Rotary 4-Way Test. She was acknowledged to be the Club’s winner and participant in the Area competition. She continued to practice and on Monday, April 12, 2021 was designated to be the Area participant at the Rotary District 5930 Contest.  Because of the pandemic, the District competition was held virtually on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Clarissa competed against 10 other high school seniors from Laredo, Harlingen, Brownsville, McAllen, Los Fresnos, Alice, Premont, Tuloso Midway/ Corpus Christi, Victoria, and Port Lavaca. Clarissa did an excellent job of presenting her speech via zoom and though she did not place within the top 3 of the District Contestants, she made the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass, APISD, and the City of Aransas Pass proud.
Since Clarissa is a Junior at APHS, she will be presented, upon graduation, with a $300.00 Scholarship from the Rotary Club of Aransas Pass for her win at the Club Level and a $300.00 Scholarship for her win at the Area Level.  Because of her effort and participation at the District 5930 Level, she wins an additional $250.00 plus a plaque for being the Rotary Area Four-Way Test Speech Contest Winner.  And, since Clarissa is a Junior, she is eligible to compete again in 2022.
Clarissa Hinojosa exhibits youth leadership for today and represents adult leadership for the future.  Our Club Congratulates Clarissa and we are looking forward to her participation in the 2022 Contest.
Picture Left to Right:
            Rachelle King, Counselor Aransas Pass High School
            Clarissa Hinojosa, Winner Local and Area Four-Way Test Speech Contest
            Bud Lockwood, Chair of Rotary Club Four-Way Test Speech Contest
Picture submitted by Karen Gayle
Article submitted by Bud Lockwood and Karen Gayle
April 27, 2021