Winner Crowned at Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club's 4-Way Speech Contest

March 17,2020

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This past month, the Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club announced the winner of its fourth 4-Way Speech Contest. First place went to Kassandra, a 10th grader at the Young Women's Leadership Academy. Through sponsoring the contest, Patterson Law Group provides students from Fort Worth's Young Women's Leadership Academy with an invaluable opportunity to speak before a room of 100+ Downtown Fort Worth Rotarians— some of the top business and civic leaders in the Fort Worth-Dallas area.

Tennessee Walker, Patterson Law Group attorney, Downtown Fort Worth Rotarian, and chair of the event, says, "Patterson Law Group is proud to have sponsored the 4-Way Speech Contest for four (4) consecutive years and looks forward to many more. Working with the outstanding students from the Young Women's Leadership Academy ("YWLA") is meaningful and fulfilling. The YWLA is educating and shaping the next generation of local female leaders, and the 4-Way Speech Contest allows some of those future leaders an invaluable public speaking experience. I am passionate about supporting our local community, and I am grateful for Patterson Law Group's support of this contest."

Contestants gave 3-5 minute speeches using the Rotary's 4-Way Test to analyze critical issues. The Rotary 4-Way Test is a well-reasoned approach to decision making and consists of four (4) questions: 1) Is it the TRUTH? 2) Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Downtown Fort Worth Rotary President, Rachel Marker, shared her thoughts, "YWLA's participation in the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest was an inspiration to everyone who attended. These young women will be forces to be reckoned with as they grow and become leaders in our society. I believe we all walked away with a renewed appreciation for our young people's insight and outlook on some of today's issues. I know that I was truly inspired and walked away in amazement!"

The winner, Kassandra, a 10th grader at the Young Women's Leadership Academy, will receive a $200 cash prize for winning the contest. She also qualified to move on and compete against other local Rotary club contest winners at the regional level of competition. All other speech contest participants will also receive a cash prize.


Location Mentioned: Young Women's Leadership Academy