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community DIGEST Gilroy Rotary Essay Contest Jill Fortino (Committee Chair), Peter Katavich (Rotary President) Kevin Fortino (CHS), Emma Orth (GECA), Hildelisa Murillo (GECA), Hayden Jungling (CHS), J. Chris Mickartz and Larry J. Mickartz ( TODAY ) standing in front of The Four-Way Test banner which describes the theme of the essay contest. gmh THIS WAS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE Gilroy Rotary Club’s “Four-Way Test” Essay Contest. It was open to all Gilroy Unified high schools English and Social Studies classes. The theme was based on Rotary’s belief in the Four-Way Test; Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? Students were asked to write how the Four Way Test could be applied to their everyday lives, historical events, or even how to solve current world-wide issues. First and second place winning essays were chosen from each school. The top five essays were chosen by teachers and the top two were selected by Rotary judges. This year there were representation from Christopher High School (CHS) and Gilroy Early College Academy (GECA). Winners included First Place, sophomore Kevin Fortino and Second Place, sophomore Hayden Jungling from CHS. First Place, junior Emma Orth and Second Place, junior Hildelisa Murillo from GECA. Students presented their essays to the Gilroy Rotary Club in March. First place winners each received $100 and second place winners received $50. Larry and J. Chris Mickartz of TODAY sponsored the awards and chose the winning essay for publication — Emma Orth’s “Decision Making And The Four Way Test.” (Essay on page 31.) gmh 30 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN gmh J. Chris Mickartz, publisher and executive editor of TODAY presenting a check to Kevin Fortino, first place winner from Christopher High School. Seated is Emma Orth, first place winner from Gilroy Early College Academy. MAY/JUNE 2016 gmhtoday.com