Rotary Club Honors Essay Contest Winners

Rotary Club of Los Alamos Essay Contest winners and their parents and teacher were honored at the Club’s March 5 meeting. From left, Minhua Wang, Jenny Wang (Third Place), James Delgado, Katie Delgado (First Place), Cindy Welch, Tabitha Welch (Second Place), Eighth Grade Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts Teacher Lorene Beckstead and Christina Kraemer who served as Rotary chairperson of the 4-Way Test Essay Competition. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Katie Delgado reads her first place winning essay to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff report

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos honored the winners of its “Four-Way Test” Essay Contest at the Club’s March 5 meeting at Dixie
Girl Restaurant in downtown Los Alamos.

The winners are eighth grade students at Los Alamos Middle School. The students read their award-winning essays to the assembled Rotarians.

The subject of the essay was how using Rotary’s Four-Way Test might make someone a better family member.

The test is recited at every Rotary Club meeting and is part of the founding ideals of Rotary. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:

Of the things we think, say or do

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

Participants in the contest had one hour to complete their 300-500 word essay. First place winner was Katie Delgado. Second place winner was Tabitha Welch and third place winner was Jenny Wang.

LAMS Language Arts teacher Lorene Beckstead helped to coordinate the contest at the middle school.

Rotarian Christina Kraemer chaired the Four-Way Test Essay Contest and served as one of the judges.

Contest winners received $50, $100 and $250 in prize money from the Club.

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