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Rotary awards students for their essays

By Staff | May 4, 2016

Daisy Arensman, first place winner, and Peyton Yelenich, second place winner, stand with Rotary Club members during a special check presentation the students won for the Four-Way Test essay contest. MEGHAN MCCOY

Two Sanibel School students were presented with a check during the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club Friday, April 22, meeting for winning the 2016 Rotary Four-Way Test essay contest.

Since the Rotary believes if an individual applies the Four-Way Test to their everyday life, the world would be a better place, they sponsor an essay contest for eighth grade students at The Sanibel School. The Four-Way Test asks is it the truth; is it fair to all concerned; will it build good will and better friendship and will it be beneficial to all concerned.

This year’s writing prompt for the students was “consider a particular problem, or conflict faced by teenagers, or young people in your age group. Perhaps a dilemma you have faced personally, or an issue facing your community, school, team, club or friends. Write an essay describing how you could apply The Four-Way Test to address, or resolve this conflict.”

The two winning students were introduced during the meeting before they read their essay out loud to all those in attendance.

First place winner, Daisy Arensman, wrote about inequality between boys and girls. Her essay included “this conflict should be resolved because it causes detrimental effects and upsets many people. If the Four-Way Test is applied to this conflict, then it will show how serious and harmful this problem is.”

Arensman, who received $50 for her essay, ended her piece by stating “the Four-Way Test can resolve the issue of gender inequality by showing the world how unjust and wrong the situation is. One gender should not feel secondary, or subordinate compared to the other, and men, women, boys, and girls all deserve to be treated equally.”

The second place winner, Peyton Yelenich, wrote about Syria and refuges. Her essay began by stating “thousands of Syrians are trying to flee the horrendous conditions that they are being faced with. Some countries in Europe, such as France and Germany, have accepted refuges already. However, people are pursing for America to accept refugees too.”

Yelenich, who received $25 for her essay, ended her piece by stating “bringing Syrian refugees into our country is undoubtedly the right thing to do. Allowing this to happen passes every aspect of the Four-Way Test, and I believe this to be a positive step our country needs to take.”

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