Rotary Club honors essay winners

Winners of the 2012 4-Way Test Essay Contest are shown after receiving their certificates and cash prizes with their teachers and with the St. George Rotary Club president, Linda Baker, and essay contest chair, Durant McArthur. From L to R Linda Baker, Becky Allred, Isabelle Sampson, McCall Holbrook, Natalie Huebner, Marvelee Lund, Rosemarie Swallow, Logan Hall, Durant McArthur, Jadely Cartagena, and Gavin Paxman. | Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of St. George.

ST. GEORGE —  The Rotary Club of St. George congratulated the winners of the 2012 4-Way Test Essay Contest. The selected students wrote the top two essays amongst all 6th grade students in their school about someone who has influenced their lives in relationship to one, or more, of the values of truth, fairness, goodwill and friendship, and benefiting others.

The winners, along with their parents and teachers, were present while they shared their essay with members of the St. George Rotary Club on May 7, and received their certificates and cash prizes. The winners included students from the follow schools:

Fossil Ridge Intermediate
1st place: Natalie Huebner
2nd place: Logan Hall

Lava Ridge Intermediate
1st place: Jadely Cartage
2nd place: Gavin Paxman

Sunrise Ridge Intermediate
1st place: Isabelle Sampson
2nd place: McCall Holbrook

“It is our goal with this contest to instill the ethical ideals of the 4-way test in the lives of these students,” said Linda Baker, the current Rotary Club president. “By helping them recognize these values in the lives of those around them, they learn to appreciate and incorporate these values in their own actions.”

The 4-Way Test Essay Contest is open to sixth grade students in all St. George area intermediate schools with the top two essays from each school chosen to be honored with a cash prize and recognition at a weekly lunch meeting of the club.

Durant McArthur, club chair of the essay contest, noted the difficulty in selecting the winners because “each submission shared great examples of living the high ethical standards taught by Rotary’s 4-Way Test.” He added, “In reading these, I am confident that our future is in good hands.”

The Rotary Club of St. George is a chartered club under Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. The Rotary Club of St. George was chartered in 1931. For more information can be found at the club’s website.

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