SPHS students win prizes in the Rotary Club Ethics Essay Contest

Photo courtesy of Diane Shires

SPHS student writers put their skills to the test in the annual South Pasadena Rotary Club’s Ethics Writing Contest. Junior Andrew Shim, freshman Gillian Terhune, and junior Kyle Lam were awarded first, second, and third, respectively, at a ceremony Tuesday night. The three students’ essays were chosen out of over 100 entrants for their overall quality and for how they addressed the prompt on modern ethics.

Shim, Terhune, and Lam all received a cash/check award for their accomplishment.  Shim is the president of the Interact club at SPHS which is Rotary International’s youth service club. The ethics writing prompt serves as a way for the city-level chapter to interact with the student community.

“I am president of our school’s Interact Club, which is Rotary International’s service club for young people, and I was [surprised] when I found out I won,” said Shim. “I find it ironic that I received money in return for writing about why money is not always the most important.”

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