Student winners with their family from L to R – Teacher Paula Bolado, Mr.  Macalka & Mason, Ms. Wells & Anna, Ms. & Mr. Jensen and Johnny, Rotarian Chet Sadler. Photo provided
Student winners with their family from L to R – Teacher Paula Bolado, Mr. Macalka & Mason, Ms. Wells & Anna, Ms. & Mr. Jensen and Johnny, Rotarian Chet Sadler. Photo provided

Over the past 5 years The Sanibel Captiva Rotary has challenged the 8th graders at the Sanibel School to write an essay using the Rotary 4 Way Test as the foundation of the composition. Over 35 students submitted an essay this year. It was a difficult task choosing the top three essays pus an Honorable Mention from all the well written essays submitted.

The Four Way Test pf the things Rotarians think, say and do, is a 24-word code of ethics. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics:

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?

The students were challenged to consider a problem or conflict faced by teenagers or young people in their age group, perhaps a dilemma they have faced personally, or an issue facing our community, school, team, club or friends. Write an essay describing how they could apply on of the Four Way Test principles to address or resolve this conflict.

Thanks to the Language Arts teacher Paula Bolado for working with the 8th grade students. The grammar, deep thought, and writing form of the TBolado’s students was at a high level. The winner of this year’s first place award and $100 check was given to Anna Wells. Her well written essay on Peer Pressure stood out for its insight into the influence others have o actions and decisions of today’s students. She discussed how one solution to peer pressure is “stay close to your true friends” and not get involved in things that can put one in danger. The $50 second place award went to Johnny Jensen for his essay addressing school shootings. H explained the fear that students have today going to school and the dilemma of upholding the 2nd amendment rights while banning assault weapons. The $25 third prize went to Mason Macalka for his essay on school walk outs. He applied the 4th principle to this action and made a case that it may not be beneficial to all concerned if everyone walked out. The final honorable mention went to Kayala Nette and her essay on the struggles teens face in today’s world.

The Sanibel Captiva Rotary Club wants to give a big thank you to The Sanibel School, Principal Chuck Vilardi, Language Arts teacher Paula Bolado, and to the students that took time to write their thoughtful essays. The 4 Way Test is the foundation of Rotary. The essays are an opportunity to make the 4 principals a part of the students’ lives now and into the future.