Oratorical Contest

Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is:                                                             “Where are My Roots of Optimism?”

Who: Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017.

How To Enter: Interested students submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to their local Optimist Club. To find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Programs Department at programs@optimist.org.

When:

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 Students
The deadline to enter is determined by the sponsoring Optimist Club. All Club-level contests are typically held by late March.

Clubs and Districts
The District deadline to submit winners to Optimist International is May 15, 2018. Optimist International does not set Club/Zone/Regional deadlines.

 

For an application with contest rules, click here.

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.

First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

Information for Optimist Members planning the contest:
All Members can now view and conveniently print planning pages for any International Program from your home computer. Click here to view the current Club Oratorical Contest Planning Guide. Click here to view the current District Oratorical Contest Planning Pages. To view the planning pages for any of the International Programs and Community Activities, please visit the forms and publications page.

November 21, 2017

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