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SWIS District Youth Programs > Oratorical

 Topic for the 2022 2023 Year is:

         “Discovering the Optimism within Me ”

Awards1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners receive $2,500, $1,500, $1,000 and $500 College scholarships .  

Eligibility UPDATE:        Contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022.  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. 


       SWIS Oratorical 2023 Planning Guide:      SWIS_22-23_Planning_Guide .

       SWIS Oratorical Student Application:        SWIS_22-23_Oratorical_Application .

       SWIS Scholarship Flyer:                              SWIS_22-23_Scholarship_Flyer 

 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 First Place Winners ONLY are NOT eligible to compete again). 

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 before March 31, 2023
        Zone Contests                               March and before April 20, 2023

  • Scheduled and organized by Lt. Governor of zone
  • Minimum of 3 contestants per Zone Contest
  • Must be completed BEFORE April  20, 2023
  • Zone winner information must be submitted by April 20, 2023 to Jo'El Pearlman.

Jo'El Pearlman, Oratorical Coordinator, is COORDINATING ALL HOTEL and LUNCH RESERVATIONS for the YOUTH WINNERS and FAMILIES.  

Oratorical Chair Coordinator:     
        Jo'el Pearlman,     Oratorical Coordinator / CHAIR

        Phone:                    262-620-1588
         E-mail:                    eventplanner2000@hotmail.com 

        Oratorical CONTACT:       swisdistrictoratorical@gmail.com 

SWIS District Deadline:  UPDATE - Submit winners to Optimist International by in MAY 2023

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