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2017-18 Youth Speech Contest
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Rotary Club of Palo Alto & University Rotary Club
Theme: "Rotary: Making A Difference"


The 4-WAY Test 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?
  • RI President Ian Risley chose "Rotary: Making A Difference" as his theme for 2017-2018. President Ian is urging club members to "Rotary: Making A Difference" by continuing our fight against polio, and increasing club membership. "Rotary: Making A Difference" is more than our theme.  It is how we make a difference every day, in every club, and every country we serve.
  • All High School Students in Rotary District 5170 are eligible to enter the Speech Contest in one Rotary  Club in the District.  Students MUST NOT enter another club’s contest if they have already competed in a different club.
  • Each student may choose any topic of interest, as long as the content of the speech relates to the theme.  All speeches must address the 2017-18 theme, "Rotary: Making A Difference" and include a reference to at least one principle of The 4-Way Test. Use of this theme in the speech should be clear and unmistakable.  The speech must be the original work of the contestant.
  • The speech cannot be under 4 minutes or more than 5 minutes in length. Timing will begin when the contestant first speaks, not after the student’s salutation to the chairperson or audience. There shall be NO implicit or explicit identification of the speaker, of the speaker’s school in the content or title of the speech, by the dress of the contestant, or by any other means whatsoever. The speaker shall NOT use props, displays or prompters of any kind.  Notes may be used only if they are on one 3” x 5” card.
  • The Speech Contest is open to all high school students in Rotary International District 5170.
Club Contest

Wednesday January 24, 7pm, Palo Alto City Council Chambers

1st Place $100, 2nd Place $50, 3rd Place $25.

Area Contest

Feb. 2018  

1st Place $200, 2nd Place $100.  Club Contest Winners only

Regional Contest

Mar. 2018  1st and 2nd Place $250 each.  Area Contest Winners only

1st and 2nd Places $250 each.  Area Contest winners.

District Contest

May 2018 at  1st Place $1,000, 2nd Place $500, 3rd and 4th Place $250 each. Regional Contest Winners only.


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2016 Youth Speech Contest

Palo Alto Rotary Club Competition

Palo Alto City Hall Chambers



Minki Kim, Reilly Arena (PA Rotary First Place), Conrad Chan (First Place University Rotary), Sophia Chiang, Allen Su, Abigail Lee 

2015 Youth Speech Contest

Palo Alto Rotary Club Competition

Palo Alto City Hall Chambers



 Siddharth Srinivasan, Eric Wang, Divakar Saini, Conrad Chan

2014 Youth Speech Contest

Palo Alto Rotary Club Competition

January 23, Palo Alto City Hall Chanmbers



Natalie Hong (Winner - PA Rotary)
Addie McNamara  (Winner - University Club)
Daniela Ivey (second place - PA Rotary)
Shivonne Logan  (second place - University Club)
William Robertson (third place - University Club)
Ariya Momeny (third place - PA Rotary)


2013 Youth Speech Contest

Palo Alto Rotary Club Competition

January 10, Palo Alto City Hall Chanmbers


2014 Youth Speech Contest

Palo Alto Rotary Club Competition

2014 Youth Speech Contest