The Mesquite Rotary Club hosted its annual "Four Way Test" Speech Contest at the Mesquite ISD Professional Development Center on March 19th. Contestants from all Mesquite I.S.D. high schools, Dallas Christian School, and Sunnyvale High School participated in the event.
Each student gave a five-to-seven minute original speech about applying the Rotary Four Way Test in our everyday relationships with other people and students.
The simple, four-question ethical test of all that we say and do was developed in 1932 by Herbert J. Taylor, who became the 1954-55 Rotary International President. The questions are, "Is it the truth?"; "Is it fair to all concerned?"; "Will it build goodwill and better friendships?"; and "Will it be beneficial to all concerned?" Taking first place in the contest was Joshua Bills of Dallas Christian School.  Celeste Nava of Poteet High School took second place, and the third place winner was Heather Morrison of West Mesquite High School. The winners received prizes of $250, $150, and $100. 
The local winner will now go on to compete at the Rotary District 5810 Four Way Test Speech Contest, contending for a top prize of $1,000.  That will be held at the Collin College Spring Creek campus in Plano on Saturday, April 6th.  Also participating in the local contest were Marc Griffin of John Horn High School, Aileen Hernandez of Mesquite High School, Melody Padilla of North Mesquite High School, and Ashley Diaz of Sunnyvale High School.