Three high school students from around the county were awarded Tuesday as part of the “4-Way Test Essay Contest.”
The students are all currently enrolled at the Floyd County College and Career Academy, where Rotary met Tuesday for a special tour.
Each student was asked to write about a topic important to them while using the club’s philosophy, called 4-Way Test. The test asks if an action is fair, truthful, and beneficial to all concerned and if it will promote friendship and goodwill.
Jade Samaniego, a junior at Model who is studying healthcare at the CCA, shared her story of cyber bullying.
“I was cyber bullied,” Samaniego said. “It was horrible. These girls were ganging up on me. I didn’t want to be the victim, but I was and I knew I needed to speak out.”
Samaniego urged those who would bully to ask themselves if their actions were fair and built goodwill.
“Goodwill is invisible in the act of cyber bullying,” she said in her essay.
Rebecca Curtis, a senior at Pepperell studying the CCA’s Cisco program, wrote about the power of words, both spoken and written.
She said her speech was inspired by a homeless man she recently befriended.
“He comes into where I work and he is a really nice man,” she said.
Curtis said she was heartbroken recently when she watched a documentary about homeless people and the way they are treated.
“It really made me think of him and the way people talk to each other,” she said.
Jeremy Baker, a senior at Pepperell studying healthcare at CCA, was not present for the meeting Tuesday. His essay was about ethical dilemma of parents putting GPS tracking devices in their child’s cell phone.
All three students were awarded with $50 and a certificate from Rotary.