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Rotary Honors NLHS AVID Speaker

Presenting a $100 scholarship to NLHS junior Mary Hardin (second from left) is Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest Chair, Joyce Schaeffer (second from right). Showing support as she is honored is NLHS instructor, Stephen Smallwood (left) and NLHS principal Clint Hildreth (right).
Presenting a $100 scholarship to NLHS junior Mary Hardin (second from left) is Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest Chair, Joyce Schaeffer (second from right). Showing support as she is honored is NLHS instructor, Stephen Smallwood (left) and NLHS principal Clint Hildreth (right).

The Greater Paris Rotary Club recently awarded a $100 scholarship to Mary Hardin, a junior student at North Lamar High School.  Hardin placed first in Rotary’s local contest and represented the club at the Rotary 5830 District Four-Way Speech contest at LeTourneau University in Longview on March 22.

“Mary did an outstanding job in representing Rotary and North Lamar High School well as she shared her speech on “How engaging Rotary’s Four-Way Test can change lives?” said Joyce Schaeffer, Rotary’s Four-Way Speech Contest Chair.  “In fact, one Rotary member said he wished he had a printed copy of her speech to share with others!”

The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships of the things we think, say or do:

  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?

It is also one to which students can relate.

Instrumental in engaging junior and senior students to participate in speaking opportunities and working with them to perfect their speeches are NLHS English and AVID instructor, Stephen Smallwood, and NLHS Journalism and AVID instructor, Cheryl LaRue.  LaRue, Hardin’s AVID 3 teacher, accompanied her to the contest in Longview.

Speaking on behalf of the two teachers, Smallwood said, “Recovering from a sports injury and sidelined from basketball, Mary, a student in our AVID program, found other ways to rise to the top.  Tapping her public speaking ability is just one of those ways.  She brought honor to North Lamar by winning the Rotary 4-Way speech contest.  As an AVID faculty we are very proud of her.”

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