Taylor Sexton, a senior at Arkansas High School, was the winner of the Wilbur Smith Rotary’s Four Way Test Speech Contest Thursday.

Sexton won a $100.

Sexton took the podium against two other contestants, Dante Coopwood from Liberty-Eylau and Robin Cooper from Texas High. Cooper won 2nd place for a $75 prize and Coopwood took third place for $50.


The three participants had five to seven minutes to present a speech on a certain topic that answers four questions. Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concern?

After the students gave their speeches, President Brian Goesl announced the winners.

The purpose of the contest is to help youth, Rotarians and the community-at-large to more completely understand, encourage, and foster the principles of Rotary and the objects of "Service Above Self."

Sexton advances to the District Contest that will occur in Mt. Pleasant. He will compete against other high school students.