POWDERSVILLE — Students at Powdersville Middle School begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and with the Rotary Four-Way test.
As auxiliary Rotary members through the Early Act First Knight program at the middle school, students learn about virtues such as Loyalty, Justice, Defense, and Prowess, and are challenged to apply the Four-Way test to their daily life.
Earlier this year, Powdersville Middle School students were asked by the Greenville Evening Rotary to write an essay that put into words what the motto meant to them.
Of the 600 essays that were written, 61 were sent to the Rotary for evaluation by two educators not affiliated with the middle school. The winning essays were announced during an assembly on Feb. 6.
Ann Golden, former president of Greenville Evening Rotary, awarded third prize to Allison Troup of the eighth grade, second prize to Logan Bradley of the seventh grade and the winning prize to eighth-grade student Lauren Pittman.
“The Rotary Club of Greenville Evening is very proud of all the students who participated in this contest, and we also want to thank school principal, Todd Binnicker, and the faculty of Powdersville Middle School who assisted with the promotion of the contest and the collection of the essays for evaluation,” Golden said.
The three girls read their essays to the student body during the Early Act Knighting Ceremonies, a time for teachers to recognize students who exemplify the character traits of the program.