Posted by Amalia Ellis on Feb 19, 2018
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Each year, local high school students come to the Rotary Club of Hollister to give a Rotary-themed speech for the chance of winning money and the chance to advance to the next round at the area and district levels. This year’s Rotary International Theme is “Making a Difference.” Each participant must tie their speeches to the theme and include Rotary’s Guiding Principles called the Four-Way Test.
The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
The next round encompasses Area 6 clubs with winners from each of their clubs. The Rotary Club of Almaden Valley will be hosting the Area 6 Speech contest, March 1st, 6:00pm at Three Flames Restaurant in San Jose. The winner at that round advances to the District 5170 level competition to be held at noon on April 14th at West Valley College in Saratoga.
Here are the winners of this year’s Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest:
1st place: Stevi Ray Page
2nd place and runner up: Ian Sills

Congratulations to Vivian Hernandez and Hannah Higgins who also participated in the 2018 Richard D. King Youth Speech Contest. Everyone did an outstanding job and all the students were winners in our eyes.