Rotary Club of Mineral Wells on Thursday hosted its 2020 Four-Way Test Speech Contest in the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce meeting room.


Contestants each gave outstanding oral speeches and were judged on their presentations. Contestants are asked to limit their speech to five minutes and incorporate in their speeches the principles of Rotary's Four-Way Test each Rotarian is asked to adhere to:


Of the things we think, say or do:


First, is it the truth?

Second, is it fair to all concerned?

Third, will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Fourth, is it beneficial to all concerned?


Taking this year's top scholarship prize of $1,000 was Mineral Wells High School junior Mackenzie Lawhon, a talented singer and actress who also participates in athletics, is among the top students academically in her class and is very active in her church and community activities. As a junior, Lawhon will be eligible to participate again next year. She is also eligible to advance to district competition if it takes place.



Reagan Carter won the $500 scholarship prize. Carter completed her high school graduation requirements in December and enrolled early at Eastern New Mexico University, where she is a scholarship goalie for the school's soccer team. Also among the tops in her class academically, Carter is still considered a senior at Mineral Wells High School and as such remains eligible for scholarship awards.


Senior Zoe Snow collected a $250 scholarship for her fine oral presentation.


Rotary Club of Mineral Wells will issue checks to the students' respective colleges.


Moderating this year's contest was Rotarian and Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Raymond Greenwood. Judges were Rev. Eric Douglas, Louanne Noel-Post and David May. Tonya Gary was timekeeper and event organizer.


Rotary Club congratulates each of the contestants and wishes them the best in their academic pursuits. The club also thanks the community for supporting club projects that provide scholarship opportunities for students. The club will present four additional scholarships this spring.