One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of ethics is The 4 Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The 4 Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways. It asks four questions of the things we think, say and do. High school students (Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors) can compete in the Four-Way Test Speech Contest. 
During the months of September and October, a local contest will be held by a school/Rotary Club or both, to determine who advances to the next level. Three students can move up to the mid-level from any Club or school Contest. The fee to continue to the Mid-level contest is $75.00 per contestant. The fee is traditionally paid by a Rotary Club. The Mid-level Contest is assigned to the participant. Students can register for the mid-levels by clicking here! 

During the months of November & December mid-level contests will be held in each of five mid-level areas. The winner of each of the five mid-levels will compete in the finals at the Rotary District Conference. In order to receive a prize, the contestant must speak at the finals. The finals will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
Mid-Level Contests 2017-2018
  • Mid-level 1 is on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at The Eden Resort in Lancaster
  • Mid-level 2 is on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 3:30 p.m. at the Lebanon High School Atrium
  • Mid-level 3 is on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Emanuel United Methodist Church in Loganville
  • Mid-level 4 is on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Giant Store Community Room in Linglestown
  • Mid-level 5 is on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at Shippensburg University
Any topic which a contestants feels is timely, interesting, and important may be used for the contest speech as long as it is not profane, obscene unpatriotic or racist. If a contestant or coach has any doubts at all, he/she should clear his/her topic with the Contest Chairperson for the next level where he/she will speak. The decision of the Chairperson is final.

The topic must be specifically subjected to The Rotary Four Way Test. It must be used throughout the body of the speech and is not to be reserved for the beginning or concluding statements only.