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DL Noon Rotary awards essay winner $250

Thressa Johnson, a junior at Detroit Lakes High School, is the winner of the 07-08 local Rotary 4 way test essay contest.

District 5580 Rotary offers this essay contest as an incentive to young people to develop their skills of self-expression and as evidence of a sincere interest in the ideas of our youth. All students in their final two years of high school are eligible.

The essay can deal with any topic of the student's choosing, but it must apply the principles of the Four-Way Test: 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?

Johnson's essay applied the 4 way test to our society's use and misuse of advertising. On Thursday, March 27, she presented her essay at the noon meeting and received a local prize of $250.

Essay Contest Committee Chairman Lisa Weber stated, "Thressa's winning essay has been entered into the Regional contest where she could be awarded another $200."

If her essay continues to advance to the district level, she will be eligible to win the grand prize of $1,800. It is very exciting to support the future goals and aspirations of area students while rewarding them for their ideas and ability to communicate those ideas.

The Four-Way Test was first conceived in 1932 at the height of the Great Depression by a Chicago businessman faced with the challenge of saving a major company from bankruptcy. Looking for a way to save the firm, he sought a short yardstick of ethics that could be used.

Company personnel were asked to learn the test and to observe it as a guide to every aspect of the business. As a result, a climate of trust and goodwill gradually developed among dealers, customers and employees, and the "test" was credited with returning the company to a thriving status.

The four-way test has inspired safe driving programs, crime and drug reduction activities, and has been the subject of countless secondary school essays. The message has appeared on roadside billboards and bronze plaques, and has been translated into more than 100 languages.

Thressa is the daughter of Jay and Anne Johnson, Detroit Lakes.