4 Way Test

South Hill Rotary Club/District 7600
Alyx Powers, First Place
Grade 7, Park View Middle School
Teacher:  Mr. Winter

Four things in life that make you a better person are: telling the truth, fairness, goodwill, and friendship. When you do these things, you feel like a hero.

Telling the truth lets people know that they can trust you. When you are honest, people can tell that you are a good friend. I think that when a person is able to talk to me and know that I will tell them the truth, they feel good. If I have someone that can tell me the truth, it makes me very happy. People that don’t tell the truth usually don’t have as many friends. If one of your friends asks you a question or for your opinion and you lie, you might lose them as a friend. Just remember, nobody likes a person that lies to them.

To me, fairness is to treat everyone equally. Being fair lets people know that you are a good person. Also, you can make a lot of friends by being fair. People that aren’t fair and treat people badly usually don’t have as many people to support them. When I was little, my two older brothers never treated me fairly. They figured since I was younger they could treat me however they wanted. But, when my two cousins that were older than them started visiting us more, they understood what it was like to be younger. They realized that being treated unfairly wasn’t fun. So, they apologized and treated me differently. Ever since, we have been best friends and have gotten along very well.

Goodwill is willing to do something nice for someone or something. My church does a program called “Stop Hunger Now!” Once a month, a few people gather and package meals for the hungry. Then we send them to other countries. After doing this program, I feel like I am saving someone’s life and that I am really making a difference. I think everyone should show goodwill. Even though sometimes helping out may not be very much fun, you are still helping a person and making them happy.

Friendship is being someone’s friend or maybe even being a good friend. Friendship can help a person a lot. They can come to you for advice. It is hard to find a friend that I can count on no matter what. I have one friend like that: Kayla. She is always here for me and I can trust her with anything. In order to be someone’s friend, you have to be kind. When you aren’t a good friend to someone or mean to them, it might come back to you and you will see how upset a person can get by not being their friend.
In conclusion, truthfulness, fairness, goodwill, and friendship are all great ways to show that you can be a great person. People will be able to tell that you are kind and that they probably want a friend like you.


3 Responses to 4 Way Test

  1. Thomas L. Smith May 31, 2008 at 5:16 pm #

    Congratulations again on your 1st place winning essay on what the 4-Way Test means to you. Your essay was thought provoking and and very well-written. I hope that this activity will produce results that will always be a part of your value system. Good luck in the 8th grade next year! Thomas L. Smith, Rotary Club of South Hill

  2. jacob February 12, 2009 at 8:35 pm #

    hey, you did a asome job, and im doing this this year. was there a reward? this years theres a $400 reward o ya i forgot, im in 11th grade AND WE STILL GOT TO DO THIS!!!! but it sounds fun. So email me or myspace.


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