Alyssa Kayfes of Mountain View High School claimed first place in the Dove Mountain Rotary Club’s annual Four-Way Test speech contest.
A senior and president of the Rotary-sponsored Interact Club at Mountain View, Kayfes spoke on how the Rotary International statement of values would have applied against the post-World War II creation of the Hollywood Blacklist of those suspected of communist leanings.
The test for actions by Rotarians asks: Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and will it be beneficial to all concerned? Kayfes’ win earned her a check for $100 and a chance to compete for a berth in the Rotary District 5500 speech contest. The district embraces more than 50 Rotary clubs across southern Arizona.
Second place and a $50 prize was won by Tim Gomez whose topic was how the Four-Way Test would mesh with the decision by northern states to use force to end slavery in the South during the Civil War. Joy Hall took third place and a $25 prize for her discussion of how the test would have supported the decision by the United States to drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II.