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Oratorical Contest


Topic:        "Where are my roots of Optimism?"  

Date and Time:              Spring 2018 - to be announced
 to be announced

  • 1st - $2500 scholarship
  • 2nd and 3rd scholarships in lesser amounts

Eligibility UPDATE:
        Contestants must be students in a high school or equivalent educational program.  Interested students submit a speech on the topic to their local optimist club.  Boys and Girls will compete separately at both the club and district level. 

Optimist International Contests:  Winners at the District Level can participate in the Regional Contest for Scholarships.  Winners at the Regional Contest can receive larger scholarships.  (Previous District Winners are NOT eligible to compete again). More information available on International Contests: click here.  

Sponsorship:   Club winners are sponsored by the club at the District Contest. The Oratorical Contest scholarships are sponsored by the Optimist International Foundation to give young people the opportunity to speak about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. 

Requirements:  Speech is limited to 4-5 minutes.

  • Poise (appearance, personality)     20 points
  • Content of speech                              35 points
  • Delivery and presentation               35 points
  • Overall effectiveness                        10 points      

Parents and students:               Oratorical Contest Application

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