Armenta, a freshman at BCHS, delivered a speech to the Rotary Club of Cleveland Tuesday highlighting the actions of an unnamed firefighter responding to the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
In her narrative speech, as the firefighter nears the scene he is reminded of a promise he made.
“Flashbacks began to run through his head, ‘Do you as a firemen take this oath to protect those in danger?’” Armenta said.
“He answered, ‘Yes, sir.’”
He then rescued people from the south tower before it collapsed.
The character grows angry when others in his team do not go on to help in the north tower.
“I don’t think this is very fair to everyone, (he said),” she continued.
The firefighter then went to help at the north tower and died while rescuing people.
“Everything that he did passed the Rotary Four-Way Test,” Armenta said. “He was truthful by keeping his oath. He was fair to everyone concerned. It was beneficial to all concerned.”
Rotary’s Four-Way Test is a model of how Rotarians can make decisions about the best action to take.
The questions are:
n Is it the truth?
- Is it fair to all concerned?
- Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
- Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Rotary President Art Rhodes commended Armenta on her speech.
Rhodes emphasized that many high school freshman and even some adults would not be able to give such a speech in front of a room full of business people and community leaders.
This is the first year BCHS has had an Interact Club (the Rotary name for their high school clubs).
The Four Way Test speech contest is an annual Rotary event.
Also during the meeting:
Rotarians viewed pictures of the recent carnival-themed auction held by the club. He event raised more than $57,000 for the Rotary Club Foundation.