Oakland High School eleventh grade student Breez LaLonde won the Murfreesboro Rotary Club's 4 Way Test Public Speaking Contest Saturday morning (4/7/2018) at Adams Place, 1927 Memorial Boulevard.
Murfreesboro Rotary President Ann Clark said, "Not only did he win the $100 first place, but the judges unanimously awarded him the $125 Integrity and Ethics Award for following through on a commitment."
He now moves to the semi-finals in Franklin on May 5, 2018. The top three from that event go on to compete for $1,000 at the district level on May 19, 2018.
Breez is active in Oakland's DECA Club where he placed fourth last month in that organization's statewide competition. He was on DECA's Business Law and Ethics team.
LaLonde also recently won the Boys & Girls Club's Best Youth Student Leaders competition. He has been active in the Boys & Girls Club for 10-years. In fact, his Rotary talk tied the merits of the Boys & Girls Club with the 4-Way Test.
Breez LaLonde is the son of Lawrence and Becky LaLonde of Murfreesboro. Upon graduating from Oakland, he plans to attend college and major in construction management or business administration.
Murfreesboro Rotary Club President Ann Clark explained, "The purpose of the speech is to address a topic chosen by each high school speaker, and apply the principles of the 4-Way Test."
Here is Rotary's 4-Way Test
- (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?
Special thanks to Murfreesboro Rotary Club members David Coggin who heads the club's Youth Services Programs, scorekeeper Lisa Malone, time keeper Ben Bohannon, and judges Steve Bughman, Amelia Bozeman, and J. Paul Newman, Bart Walker was the facilitator.