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4-Way Test essay winners recognized at Rotary

Perham area students Lexi Richter, left, and Hannah Lorentz are presented checks from Perham Rotary President Phil Holtan. Melissa Swenson/FOCUS

The Perham Rotary club has selected Lexi Richter and Hannah Lorentz as the first and second place winners of the Four-Way Test Essay Competition.

The Rotarians of District 5580 hold the essay competition every year to demonstrate interest in the ideas of local youth and reward them for expressing their views, while encouraging them to apply the Rotary's Four-Way Test to the world around them.

The Four-Way Test has been at the core of Rotary's philosophy since the club's inception. The test strives to encourage ethical instincts in people. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Richter's essay, titled "Are Smartphones Helpful or Harmful to High School Students?," applied the Four-Way Test to the question and presented both sides of the argument. She also encouraged students to apply the Four-Way Test when making decisions about how and when to use their smartphones.

Lorentz took on the topic of cell phone usage while driving and encouraged everyone to put their vehicles in park before using their cellphones.

The competition is open to all students in their final two years of high school. First place for this year's competition earned a $500 check from the Perham Rotary club, with the second place winner taking home $300.