2023 Oratorical Contest
The Optimist International Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program of Optimist International since its inception in 1928. The contest is designed for young people to gain experience in public speaking and provide them with an opportunity to compete for multiple college scholarships with a pre-assigned topic. Contact email@example.com for information.
Topic: TBA in late 2022
Who: Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022 (and not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution) in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age.
Download a poster with all the information from 2022.
How To Enter: Contact Optimist Archie Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Download your application form here. Click here to see the background sheet with the rules and lots of other information.
Past Oratorical Contests
The topic for the 2021-2022 school year was, “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times”. The competition took place on Zoom and included four contestants.
Is there a fine line between Optimism and Reality? That was the question our seven Oratorical contestants addressed in their speeches at out club's annual public speaking event on April 6th at the Byron Public Library. All seven delivered well thought out speeches to a crowd of families, teachers, friends and Optimists. Our judges selected Sophia Smith from St. Nicholas School as our first place winner. Second place was awarded to Taylor Helwig from Northridge Public School while Matthew Landis from St. Nicholas finished third. Oratorical Chair Don Lucas congratulated all of them for their speeches. Both Sophia and Taylor competed in the Zone Oratorical contest on April 13th where Taylor finished second. She advances to compete at the Midwestern Ontario District Oratorical contest in May.