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SWIS 4th Quarter Convention
Radisson West, Milwaukee
8/25/2017  7:00 PM (Fri), 8:30 AM (Sat)

Youth of the Month
October Students of the Month
The students of the month are from the Sun Prairie High School Student Council. The students are Justice Hadley and Hannah Hopwood. They were joined by their Advisor Tim Keal on October 19th, 2016.


SWIS District Youth Programs > Oratorical

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 eventplanner2000@hotmail.com.

Contact info: 
         Jack Soceka, District Chair
         2976 Triverton Pike Drive
         Fitchburg, WI 53711
         Cell phone:              608-438-8140
         E-mail:                    jack@socekaproperties.com

Parents and students:               Oratorical Contest Application

Club Chair Planning Guide:      Oratorical Planning Guide

Clubs Information:                    Optimist International Oratorical Scholarships

SWIS District Deadline:  UPDATE - Submit winners to Optimist International by MAY 15, 2017

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