Sunridge 7th grader wins state Rotary essay contest
Sunridge Middle School student Haley Bradley and her writing skills stood out above middle school students from around the state to win the state Rotary 4-Way Test Essay contest.
Bradley won a $500 savings bond and her essay will now go on to the regional level. Bradley also won the local Pendleton contest, competing against 30 other Pendleton 7th graders, and winning $50. She received a standing ovation from the Rotary Club of Pendleton after reading her winning essay during a Monday meeting.
The “4-Way Test” essay contest challenges students to explain their understanding of the Rotary 4-Way Test and how it relates to their lives, experiences, and/or society in general. The 4-Way Test causes students to reflect on what they think, say or do based on four 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?
The contest was administered as part of the 7th grade advanced language arts curriculum taught by Gita Webster at Sunridge. It has become a yearly tradition for Sunridge students to participate in the Rotary contest, and Bradley is the second state winner from Sunridge.
“We wish Haley luck at the regional level,” said Matt Yoshioka, Principal at Sunridge.