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Jay Smith, contest chairman and vocational services director for the Edmond Rotary Club, stands with Fallan Franco, left, and Colby Bodkin, winners of the club's Four-Way Test speech contest. Franco, a home-schooled senior, won first place and $300, while Bodkin, an Oklahoma Christian Academy freshman, came in second place, winning $200. The students had to apply the Four-Way Test to real life in the organization's second annual speech competition.

Area students were asked to take the Rotary Four-Way Test and apply it to real life in the Edmond Rotary Club’s second annual speech competition Monday night.

Fallan Franco, a home-schooled senior, won the contest and left with the $300 first-place prize money. She is the daughter of Tracy and Jo Franco.

Earning second place and $200 was Colby Bodkin, a ninth-grader at Oklahoma Christian Academy and son of Lyndall and Karen Bodkin.

Fallan said although she had never heard of the Four-Way Test, she thought it was interesting to learn about it.

“It makes perfect sense,” Fallan said, “and I plan to apply it when I have to make decisions.”

Fallan has her eyes on Oklahoma Christian University for the fall.

“I entered the contest because I thought it would be a good opportunity to use a new method to contemplate my decisions,” Colby said.

Area students in Edmond’s public, private or home schools, grades 9-12, were asked to compete.

The test is meant to help people of any age think about what is important in their lives by asking: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

“Both of our winners gave excellent speeches,” said Jay Smith, contest chairman and vocational services director for the Edmond Rotary Club. “We would like to see more participation next year.”

Fallin now advances to semifinals at the Rotary District 5750 PETS Conference.

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