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Highlights from the Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest

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The 4th Annual Downtown Fort Worth Rotary Club 4-Way Speech Contest is in the books. Patterson Law Group is a proud sponsor of this contest with our co-sponsors, Varghese Summersett. Patterson Law Group attorney, Tennessee Walker, also chairs the contest.

Rachel Marker, Downtown Fort Worth Rotary President, said:

“TYLA’s participation in the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest was an inspiration to everyone who attended.  These young women will be forces to be reckoned with as they grow and become leaders in our society. I believe we all walked away with a renewed appreciation for our young people’s insight and outlook on some of today’s issues.  I know that I was truly inspired and walked away in amazement!”

On February 28th, the contestants presented their 3-5 minute speeches. Each speech must apply the Rotary’s 4-Way Test to a topic of the contestant’s choosing. The Rotary 4-Way Test answers the questions:

1) Is it the TRUTH?

2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?


4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned.

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The winner, Kassandra, a 10th grader at the Young Women’s Leadership Academy, won the $200 grand prize and qualified to move on and compete against other local Rotary club contest winners at the Regional level. All other speech contest participants will also receive a cash prize.

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Tennessee Walker, Patterson Law Group attorney, Downtown Fort Worth Rotarian, and chair of the event with the winner Kassandra.

Tennessee Walker, Patterson Law Group attorney, Downtown Fort Worth Rotarian, and chair of the event shared his insights into the event.

“Patterson Law Group is proud to have sponsored the 4-Way Speech Contest for four (4) consecutive years and looks forward to many more. Working with the outstanding students from the Young Women’s Leadership Academy (“YWLA”) is meaningful and fulfilling. The YWLA is educating and shaping the next generation of local female leaders, and the 4-Way Speech Contest allows some of those future leaders an invaluable public speaking experience. I am passionate about supporting our local community, and I am grateful for Patterson Law Group’s support of this contest.”

And, YWLA Principal Tamara Albury, expressed her gratitude to Tennesse and the rest of the Patterson Law Group and our co-sponsors, Varghese Summersett, for the behind-the-scenes work to help the YWLA students prepare for the 4-Way Speech Contest. She said, “Thank you for taking the time to practice with our girls. Your time and commitment are appreciated, not just by the girls, but by myself and our school community. I just felt I would be remiss if I didn’t share my gratitude and thanks for your hard work and that of your team of Rotarians.”

Through sponsoring the contest, Patterson Law Group provides students from Fort Worth’s Young Women’s Leadership Academy with an invaluable opportunity to speak before a room of 100+ Downtown Fort Worth Rotarians— some of the top business and civic leaders in the Fort Worth-Dallas area.

To find out more, view our press release.

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