A London High School senior’s passion for politics, and her poise speaking about it, has earned her a first-place award from the London Rotary Club.
Willa Bluestone was the winner of the London Rotary Club’s Four-Way Speech competition. She was one of three students who participated in the annual contest, held during the club’s regular weekly meeting Thursday.
Students were required to develop a 4- to 6-minute speech on any subject and apply the Four-Way Test. The speech must be presented by memory without the use of props.
The test includes:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build good will and better friendships?
4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Bluestone said because she is one of the few seniors who will not be old enough to vote in the coming election, she had to find ways “outside the ballot box” to exercise her voice.
“Becoming involved is constructive for all,” she said, referencing Rotary’s Four-Way Test. “Participation brings individuals closer together through service.”
The two other students who participated are Elena Richardson, placing second, and Zack Case, placing third. Richardson won the competition last year.
Richardson spoke about the important of individualism. It’s imperative each person stand up for their own beliefs, she said.
“You do not need to be a superhero to send a message,” she said.
Case spoke about mental illness awareness. The state’s decision to cut funding from mental health programs “not only takes away peoples’ chance at happiness, but a chance at life,” he said.
“Covering up the need for programs is denying the truth,” he said.
Members of the London Rotary Club served as judges.
Bluestone will proceed to the district-wide competition held at Wright State University in April.
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