Tri-Town Youth Services provides services to families and youth of all ages from Chester, Deep River, and Essex to promote wellness and mental health to enable youth to develop productive relationships with their family, school, peers, and the broader community.
One of these activities is the annual “Four-Way Test Contest” sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Essex, Deep River, and Chester on Saturday, held Feb. 23, 2019 at 4 p.m. The Four-Way Test requires each speaker, all students at Valley Regional High School, to apply four criteria to a topic of their own choice: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
The 4 way speech contest is a contest open to high school students. The contestants can talk on any subject they choose. Contestants are given 5 min to speak. The panel of judges evaluates the speech on content, preparedness, delivery and how it related to the four way test. The winner of the local contest goes on to the district contest. The three local clubs, Essex Deep River, and Chester, sponsor this local contest in conjunction with Valley Regional High School speech teacher who is our liaison with the Interact Club.