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Rotary District 6920
Southeastern Georgia, USA


Preston Johnson Annual High School Speech Contest

  Jan Horadan
District 6920 Speech Contest Chair
Rotary Club of  Sandersville

Initiated in 1997 by Dublin Rotarian and Past District Governor, Preston Johnson, the Preston Johnson Rotary District 6920 Annual High School Speech Contest is a special project engaging Rotarians, educators, and students in a meaningful and rewarding opportunity for personal development of our nation's future leaders. Originally named the 4- Way Test Speech Contest, the contest evolved over the years to focus on the current International President's Annual Theme or the 4-Way Test. No matter which theme is used the basic premise remains: the speech contest requires students to research and learn about Rotary in preparing a short speech; in doing so, the students as well as all audience members receive an invaluable review of the great service which is Rotary.

In January this year, the local high school speech competition takes place; Club Presidents & Speech Contest Chairs notify school administrators and educators at local area high schools. These individuals should be informed of the Rotary High School Speech Contest and a Scholarship each of the three Zone winners will receive after their speech presentation at District conference. All high school students may compete, freshman through senior. A student having placed or won the club or zone contest in past years as an underclassman may still compete as long as they remain a high school student.

Each year the contest theme is based on Rotary International President's theme or they may choose instead the "Rotary 4-Way Test". Speeches are limited to 3-4 minutes with points deducted by the judges for less than 3 minutes or more than 4 minutes. At each club contest, three students will be selected as the first place, second place, and third place winners.

This year up to two finalist from each Rotary club are allowed to compete at the Zone Contest to be held in February and early March. The three first place finalists from the Northern, Eastern, and Western Zones will present their speeches at District Conference, with no competition, and must be present to win. Unfortunately the District Budget will not support the three $1,000.00 scholarships this year due to the state of the economy. However, we can continue to give the three $1,000.00 scholarships if each club will agree to pay a $100.00 Zone Entry Fee for each finalist (maximum of two) attending the Zone competition. Please see the Speech Contest Guidelines for more information.


Rotary Speech Contest Guidelines (pdf)


Club Participation Form for Speech Contest (docx)
Judge's Scoring Sheet (docx)
Zone Contest Finalist's Form (docx)
Club Contest Finalist Form (docx)

Western Zone
March 21, 2020. Registration 9-9:30 am
Fellowship Baptist Church
124 Lincoln Ave
Fitzgerald, Ga 31750
Northern Zone
March 28, 2020. Registration 9-9:30 am
Dublin High School
1127 Hillcrest Pkwy
Dublin, Ga 31021
Eastern Zone
April 4, 2020Registration 9-9:30 am
Coastal EMC
1265 S. Coastal Hwy
Midway, Ga 31320

2020 Speech Contest Winners

Congratulations to the top winners of the Preston Johnson High School Speech Contest!

The contest was held via Zoom May 16, 2020. There were 14 clubs with 19 participants that took part
 in the District wide contest. Congratulations to all the participants!
As usual we had an excellent group of students who gave powerful messages about Rotary.

Top winners are:

  • Eastern Zone: Ian Carpenter sponsored by St. Simons Club

  • Western Zone: Cooper Hardy sponsored by Perry Club

  • Northern Zone: Yakinni Martin sponsored by Dublin Club