By Judy Trujillo
contributing writer 

Rotary Essay Contest Winners

Rotary Club of Tehachapi


March 2, 2024

Each year the Rotary Club of Tehachapi sponsors an essay contest for elementary, junior high and high school students based on the Rotary 4-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? This year's winners have been announced. They are as follows:

High School

1st place: Elliott Gonzales, Valley Oaks Charter School - $200

(Read Elliott's essay at .)

2nd place: Annie Loken, Tehachapi High School - $75

3rd place: Kathlyn Ordaz, Tehachapi High School - $50

Middle School

1st place: Serena Thornburg, Jacobsen Middle School - $100

(Read Serena's essay at .)

2nd place: Hailey Garcia, Valley Oaks Charter School - $75

3rd place: McKay Pack, Valley Oaks Charter High School - $50

Elementary School

Kennedy James, Valley Oaks Charter School - $50

Congratulations to all the students who entered. They each will receive a certificate and a 4-Way coin. Rotary is proud of our local students and will be submitting the two 1st Place essays for consideration in the Rotary District Essay competition.

The Rotary Club of Tehachapi is a volunteer service organization with the motto, "Service Above Self." The Club meets at Kelcy's on Thursdays at noon. For more information about Rotary Club, you can visit their Facebook page at


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