From left are Peggy White, Maha Raja, Maryam Amosu, Adenike Amosu, and D.R. Butler. Not pictured is second runner up, Rahma Qumor.
The Rotary Club of Mount Vernon President D.R. Butler presented certificates of merit to first place winner Maha Raja and first runner-up Maryam Amosu of the club’s 4-Way test essay contest.
Participation in the 4-way test essay contest gave the students an opportunity to examine and evaluate a business ethical standard used by Rotarians all over the world. See www.rotary.org.
The Raja essay was submitted for consideration in the Rotary District 7610 competition.
The Walt Whitman Middle School students are members of Women of Vision and Purpose, a three-year-old organization of 40-plus young women who would like to go to college one day and to become professional women.
Peggy White, science teacher and club mentor, notes that club considerations are practical and wide ranging: “We practice interviewing for jobs, filling out resumes, how to conduct yourself professionally, stress relief and diet. Plus students I’ve taught in the past who have gone to college and beyond … come back to speak to the girls. I have had girls from the CDC, Peace Corp, State Department and even a model. Amazing things have been learned from each speaker.”
This year’s activities also included an adventure, ice skating, and an end of the year dinner.