This contest offers an opportunity for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to present their thoughts in the community, gaining skills, which can only come from signing or speaking to a large audience. Patterned after the Optimist Oratorical Contest, the Communication Contest For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing offers hearing impaired youth the chance to compete in speech or sign language. The Optimist International Foundation and Ohio District fund a $3,500 scholarship.
Topic: “Discovering the Optimism within Me”
Who: The contest is open to young people through grade 12 in Ohio. Students must submit the results of an audiogram completed no longer than 24 months prior to the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist. Students must be certified to have an uncorrected hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, which must be supported by the audiogram in order to be eligible to compete. Students with permanent correction should compete in the Optimist International Oratorical contest.
How To Enter: Interested students should contact their local Optimist Club. To find out the contact in your area, please e-mail the Ohio CCDHH Chairperson at TBreno44149@gmail.com.
The deadline to enter is determined by the sponsoring Club.
Clubs and Districts
The deadline for Clubs to submit their winner to the next level of competition is set by the District. District contest will be held in April. District deadline to submit a winner to Optimist International is June 15, 2019.
For an application with contest rules, click here
Club Contests: Should be conducted during the month of December; please contact your local sponsoring club for details. The winner will receive, at the discretion of the club, a monetary award of up to $500 and an official medallion.
District Finals: Will be held at the 3rd Quarter District Conference on April 27, 2019 at the Embassy Suites Hotel-Columbus in Dublin, Ohio. The winner of the contest will receive a $3,500 scholarship and a plaque.
Click here for the contest form and rules
Club Chair information packet