The Port St. Joe Rotary Club recently presented its Citizenship Award to Jarred Colby Quinn for his essay concerning the Four-Way Test.

Quinn, a senior at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, wrote the essay as part of a program that not only provides scholarship dollars but also awareness of the test, created in the 1930s and adopted by Rotary International, has a template against which actions should be assessed.

*Is it the truth?

*Is it fair to all concerned?

*Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

*Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

The local program is sponsored by George and Hilda Duren and Piggly Wiggly, Centennial Bank, Capital City Bank, Sunset Coastal Grill, Aaron Farnsley and Farnsley Wealth Management, Charles Costin and Costin and Costin, Dr. John Miller and Bay Implant and Periodontist Clinic in Panama City and Jim and Diane Lowry and the Lowry Scholarship Fund.



The Four-Way Test

By Jarred Colby Quinn


I think it is always important to demonstrate good character and moral values. Nothing in life will truly succeed without applying the principles embedded within the Four-Way Test. Whether it’s business, marriage, or just simple things in your everyday life, you must always exhibit truth and goodwill while being fair and beneficial. As people always say, you can never win when you play dirty. If Herbert J. Taylor didn’t create and apply the Four_Way Test, his company would have gone under. I had to put the Four-Way Test to use in multiple situations in my life as well.

You know it in your heart when you have a true friend. I have a few people in my life who I would call my true friends, but the best on is my mother. She is always willing to bend over backwards and jump through hoopes for my benefit. I can’t sum up in a million words all the ways she has been beneficial to me. Whether it was taking me to the doctor when I was sick, or just simply helping with my homework when I needed it, her constant commitment molded me into the person I am today. Without her, I would not be flourishing the way I am now.

There’s been times I’ve tried to put something over on my mom or tell a quick lie to get out of doing certain things, like the time I told her I was going to study at my friend’s house when I was actually going to get a Big Mac. But in the end, the truth anyways caught up to me in one way or the other. When I got a bad grade on my homework, my mom figured out my lie and I learned a valuable lesson. It is best to always be truthful in any situation because lying, cheating and being deceptive will never get you ahead. Mr. Taylor could’ve liked or committed fraud, but because he was truthful and use the Four-Way Test, he was able to save his business. I’ve been able tokeep an honest relationship with my mom because I have realized that telling the trusth is the only option. My grades were better too.

I also try to demonstrate goodwill wherever I go. I learned this part of the Four-Way Test from my grandfather. He is always friendly, helpful and cooperative, and I try to be like him. From watching the example of my Daddy Jarred, I have come to realize that people often forget that what you put into this world is what you get out of it. So in my everyday life, I strive to treat people the way I would like to be treated. Even when I’m having a bad day, I often smile and put my best foot forward because I choose not to reflect what difficulties I’m facing, but rather I am determined to stay positive, so that people will want to be around me and support anything that has my name on it. That came in handy when I was running for Senior Executive Board, and my peers voted for me to represent them. I was honored and even more determined to show goodwill at all times.

With that being said, I am committing myself to always demonstrate good character and moral values. Nothing in life will truly succeed without applying the principles that are embedded within the Four-Way Test. Whether it’s my new college professor or boss I have in the future, I know that I must always exhibit truth, fairness, and goodwill, so that my actions will benefit not only me, but more importantly, those around me.