Optimist International’s Oratorical Contest

Topic for the 2023 – 2024 school year is:

 “How to change the world with optimism.

For more information, contact:

[email protected]

CLICK here for an application

to download contest rules and application from Optimist International

*** If there is interest, we will also hold a Communications Contest for the Hearing Impaired ***

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters a chance to speak to the world. 
More than $160,000 in scholarships are awarded annually. Optimist International clubs have 
been conducting Oratorical Contests since 1928. Many famous individuals have 
participated, including actress Julia Roberts.

Each Optimist club conducts competitions for middle or high school students under age 19

Speeches must run for 4-5 minutes in length.

Girls & Boys compete at the club level.

All presentations must speak on the topic.

Winners at the club level receive cash awards.

The District boy and girl winner each receive 
a $2,500 college scholarship.

The Weddington Optimist’s club contest will be conducted in

March 23, 2024