Topic for the 2018-2019 School Year is:
“Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality".
Date: May 10-11, 2019
(SWIS Conference, award received)
Josh Zaidel: 262-993-2516 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo'El Pearlman 262-620-1588 email@example.com
Awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive a $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 college scholarships
Eligibility UPDATE: Contestants under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2018. 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 BEFORE April 20, 2019
- Zone winner information must be submitted by April 20, 2019 to Jo'El Pearlman.
Jo'El Pearlman, Oratorical Coordinator, 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.
Oratorical Team: Josh Zaidel and Jo'El Pearlman (Coordinator)
Josh Zaidel, District Co-Chair
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Work phone: 262-993-2516
Jo'el Pearlman, Oratorical Coordinator
Franksville, WI 53126
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 in MAY 2019.