The Gaston Breakfast Rotary Club, in partnership with the Gastonia East Rotary Club, Belmont Rotary Club, Gastonia Rotary Club, Gastonia Evening Rotary Club, and a matching grant from Rotary District 7680, sponsored the seventh Rotary “4-Way Test” Scholarship Challenge hosted by the Schiele Museum in Gastonia. The total scholarships offered by the Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 7680 were $5,000.

The contest was open to all Gaston County high school seniors in public, private, charter or home schools. The essay/speeches were original, reflecting their personal content and were about applying the Rotary 4-Way test to an important issue in our everyday life and relationships.

The 4-Way Test was created by businessman Herbert J. Taylor and adopted by Rotary International in 1943, and is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians or anyone to use for their personal and professional relationships. Eleven finalists offered unique and interesting perspectives of how the Rotary “4-way Test” is applicable and active in their lives as they presented their essays.

The student finalists were, Stacy Kostiuk, Alex Long, Sara Mauney, and Skyler Miller from Cherryville High; Allison Roney from Forestview; Mary Claire Long from Gaston Christian; Lauren Wingate from Gaston Day; Alex Bradley, and Joseph Buckner from Highland School of Technology; Thomas Frame from South Point High; and Logan Thomas from Stuart Cramer High School.

A panel of judges selected four scholarship winners:

Allison Roney received a $2,000 scholarship and plans to attend UNC

Joseph Buckner received a $1,500 scholarship and plans to attend UNC

Logan Thomas received a $1,000 scholarship and plans to attend Gardner Webb,

Honorable mention scholarship for $500 was awarded to Alex Bradley who plans to attend Appalachian State.

Judges were Rotary District 7680 Assistant Governor Kam Chandar; Rotary District 7680 Youth Services Chair Lorena Prince; and Lead Coach of the Writing Center at Gaston College Allyson Heafner.