Topic for the 2016-2017 School Year is: “What the World Gains from Optimism.”
Date: Saturday, April/May 2017 TBD
(SWIS Conference, award received)
Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive a $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000
college scholarship and plaque.
Eligibility UPDATE: Contestants under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016. Interested students submit a speech on the topic to their local optimist club. Combined boy and girl contests at all levels (Club-Zone-District). No minimum number of contestants for Club Contests.
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/Zone winners are sponsored by the club at the District Conference. 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
Club Contests January, February and March
Zone Contests March and April
Scheduled and organized by Lt. Governor of zone
Minimum of 3 contestants per Zone Contest
Must be completed by April 5, 2017
Zone winner information must be submitted by April 6, 2017 to SWIS District Chair.
Jo'El Pearlman, Conference Chair, is COORDINATING ALL HOTEL and LUNCH RESERVATIONS for the YOUTH WINNERS and FAMILIES. PLEASE CONTACT Jo'El at 262 620 1588 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.