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Oratorical Contest


Topic:        "Is there a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?"  

District Oratorical Contest Chair:  Linda Leatherman
                                                           21171 South  68th Street
                                                           Hickman, NE 68372                                             

Local Contest Deadline:  Local club contests must be completed by April 15, 2019 and winners submitted to District Chair Linda Leatherman.

Date and Time:    May 4, 2019
                              Registration 9:00 am
                              Morning Session:  10:00 am - 12:00 Noon
                              Lunch:  12:00 - 1:00
                              Afternoon Session:  1:00 - 3:00 pm
                              Awards: 3:30 pm

Location:    Seward Civic Center
                     616 Bradford Street
                     Seward, NE     
Application:  [Click Here]

Club Contest Planning Guide:  [Click Here}

  • 1st - $2500 scholarship
  • 2nd - $1500. scholarship
  • 3rd - $1000 scholarship
  • 4th and 5th scholarships in lesser amounts
  • Student with the highest score advances to Regional Competition (5 district winners) - $5000 scholarship to winner
  • Each regional winner advances to World Championship - $15,000 scholarship

Eligibility UPDATE:
      Contest is free.   Contestants must be students in a high school or equivalent educational program and be under 19 as ov October 1. 2018.  Interested students submit a speech on the topic to their local optimist club.  Boys and girls compete in the same division.

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).

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.

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