Three Harrisburg School District ninth grade students competed for prizes in the Rotary Club of Harrisburg's annual Four-Way Test Essay Contest.

The students each selected a topic of their choice and applied the Rotary Four-Way Test, which 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.

Winners of the contest, who read their speeches during the club’s March 27, 2017 meeting:

  • Alassia Brown won the $300 first price for her speech on “How can a young girl avoid becoming a statistic in a poverty-stricken neighborhood.’’ Alassia attends the Harrisburg High School, John Harris Campus.
  • Christina Ledesma won the $200 second prize for her speech on fighting racism and prejudice – including such feelings she may have. Christina attends SciTech High School.
  • Adelyn Toleldo won the $100 third prize for her speech describing how she had a tough talk with a classmate who was “slacking off’’ and letting her school work slide. Adelyn attends SciTech High School.

Seventeen students from the district competed this year, said Samuel L. Levine, president-elect of the Harrisburg Rotary and chair of the Four-Way Test Essay Committee.

Students were required to submit their essays, no more than 1500 words, through their English departments and the English teachers screened the submissions prior to forwarding the finalists to our club. A committee reviewed the essays and selected the winners.

The Rotary Four-Way Test:

1. Is it the TRUTH?

2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?