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Rotary District 6920
Southeastern Georgia, USA


Preston Johnson Annual High School Speech Contest

  Jan Horadan
District 6920 Speech Contest Chair
Rotary Club of  Sandersville

Initiated in 1997 by Dublin Rotarian and Past District Governor, Preston Johnson, the Preston Johnson Rotary District 6920 Annual High School Speech Contest is a special project engaging Rotarians, educators, and students in a meaningful and rewarding opportunity for personal development of our nation's future leaders. Originally named the 4- Way Test Speech Contest, the contest evolved over the years to focus on the current International President's Annual Theme or the 4-Way Test. No matter which theme is used the basic premise remains: the speech contest requires students to research and learn about Rotary in preparing a short speech; in doing so, the students as well as all audience members receive an invaluable review of the great service which is Rotary.

Club Presidents & Speech Contest Chairs notify school administrators and educators at local area high schools. These individuals should be informed of the Rotary High School Speech Contest and a Scholarship each of the three Zone winners will receive after their speech presentation at District conference. All high school students may compete, freshman through senior. A student having placed or won the club or zone contest in past years as an underclassman may still compete as long as they remain a high school student.

Each year the contest theme is based on Rotary International President's theme or they may choose instead the "Rotary 4-Way Test". Speeches are limited to 3-4 minutes with points deducted by the judges for less than 3 minutes or more than 4 minutes. At each club contest, three students will be selected as the first place, second place, and third place winners.

Two finalists from each Rotary club are allowed to compete at the Zone contest. The three first place finalists from the Northern, Eastern, and Western Zones will present their speeches at District Conference, with no competition, and must be present to win. Unfortunately the District Budget will not support the three $1,000.00 scholarships this year due to the state of the economy. However, we can continue to give the three $1,000.00 scholarships if each club will agree to pay a $100.00 Zone Entry Fee for each finalist (maximum of two) attending the Zone competition. Please see the Speech Contest Guidelines for more information.

Congratulations to the District 6920 Preston Johnson Speech Contest winners. We had excellent speakers who embraced the theme Rotary Opens Opportunities and the 4 Way Test.
Eastern Zone:
First Place- Ethan Christmas sponsored by Effingham County
Second place- Kathleen Walsh sponsored by St. Simons
Third place- Juliana Ponciano sponsored by Waycross
Western Zone:
First place- Deacon Hazel sponsored by Valdosta
Second place- Cooper Hardy sponsored by Perry
Third place- Jahniya Clayton sponsored by Valdosta
Northern Zone:
First Place- Neveah Lagroon sponsored by Dublin
Second place- Avery Scott sponsored by Macon
Third place- Vaibhav Mishra sponsored by Dublin

Preston Johnson 2021 Speech Contest winners




Forms for Year 2020-2021


Rotary Speech Contest General Information (pdf)


Club Participation Form for Speech Contest (pdf)
Judge's Scoring Sheet (pdf)
Zone Contest Finalist's Form (pdf)
Club Contest Finalist Form (pdf)