Rotary Club Announces Essay Competition Winners

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Winners of the Rotary Club of Los Alamosare honored at Tuesday’s Rotar Club meeting. Pictured are, from left, essay competition chair Andrea Cunningham, Rotary President Vincent Chiravalle, students winners Andrea Chapman, Philippa Fung, Charles Wallace and Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Brian Appell. Photo by Linda Hull

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is proud to announce the winners of this year’s Rotary Essay Competition. They are:

  • First place – Philippa Fung, daughter of Elizabeth-Sharon and Jimmy Fung;
  • Second place – Andrea Chapman, daughter of Dani and Bill Chapman;
  • Third place – Charles Wallace, son of Peri and Kevin Wallace.

Students each receive cash awards in amounts between $50 and $150.

The 4-Way Test is a set of guidelines Rotarians aspire to live by:  Is it thethe truth?  Is it fair to all concerned?  Will it build good will and better friendships?  Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

To encourage thoughtful analysis of these guidelines, Rotary Clubs around the world host writing competitions for students to describe how these principles apply to their lives.  The Rotary Club of Los Alamos sponsors this program every year, currently under the direction of Rotarian and School Board member Andrea Cunningham and Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts teacher Brian Appell.

After the 8th grade essays are submitted, a Rotary committee of judges reads them and determines the best three, based upon an understanding of the 4-Way Test and on general writing skills.  Student names are withheld during judging.