Rotary Announces 4-Way Test Essay Contest Winners 2020

Rotary Club 2020 4-Way Test Essay 1st place winner Gabriel Cook. Courtesy/Rotary Club

Rotary Club 2020 4-Way Test Essay 2nd place winner Nathan McCulloch. Courtesy/Rotary Club

Rotary Club 2020 4-Way Test Essay 3rd place winner Mason Gill. Courtesy/Rotary Club


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos announces its winners in the 2020 Four-Way Test Essay Competition.

The competition gives local 8th grade students the opportunity to explain their understanding of the principles stated in Rotary International’s Four-Way Test as it relates to their life, their experiences and society in general.

This year’s Four-Way Test Essay Competition Winners:

  • 1st Place, Gabriel Cook;
  • 2nd Place, Nathan McCulloch; and
  • 3rd Place, Mason Gill.

Each student received a cash award and certificate of achievement. Ordinarily these students and their parents would have been recognized at a Rotary Club meeting, but virus protocols prevented this gathering.

The essay competition was chaired by Rotarian Andrea Cunningham and coordinated by Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Brian Appell and Principal Suzanne Lynne.

The Four-Way Test was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy.  He composed this test for his employees to follow in their professional and personal lives; it is credited for the survival of the company during the Great Depression.

The Four-Way Test was adopted by Rotary International in 1943 and has been translated into more than 100 languages. It is recited at every Rotary Club around the world.

The Four-Way Test asks:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build good will and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Rotary is the oldest service organization in the world with more than 1.2 million members in more than 230 countries.

Focus areas include: 

  • Basic education and literacy;
  • Clean water and sanitation;
  • Disease prevention (esp. the eradication of polio);
  • Economic development; maternal and child health; and
  • Conflict resolution and peace initiatives.

Current initiatives address needs created by COVID-19. The Rotary Club of Los Alamos was chartered in 1966. For more information about this international service organization, contact Vice President Linda Hull at 662.7950 or Membership Chair Skip King 662.8832.