Vernon Elementary School eighth-grader Dylan Bromley took first place in Rotary District 5100’s Four-Way Test speech contest in Salem on May 17 during the 2014 District Conference. Bromley’s mother and grandmother, hosted by East Portland Rotary, were both present and teared up with pride when the winner was announced. Bromley beat out five other youngsters for the top prize.
Following actual competition, three top finishers repeated their five-minute presentations in a Salem Convention Center grand ballroom where hundreds of Rotarians attending the convention were gathered for lunch. Retired Portland Public School Principal John Ubik observed, “Dylan, once again, performed admirably.”
Dylan’s mother, Ally McLaughlin, expressed her pride, “I can truly say that it was the most amazing experience for Dylan.” McLaughlin thanked Ubik and his fellow East Portland Rotarians, “for recognizing the strength and potential in my awesome son. We are so glad this experience will continued to be offered at Vernon.” Vernon Principal Tina Acker praised Rotary’s collaboration with the school, “This is definitely another confirmation about the positive impact East Portland Rotary is having at Vernon.”
Rotary awarded Bromley a check for $500. Ubik said, “Of much greater value was the surge of confidence that Dylan exuded following the experience which will hold him in good stead as he continues his education.”