Topic: “Where Are My Roots of Optimism”
Eligibility: Students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017. Contest is opened to all students: public, private, parochial, and home schooled.
How to Enter: Interested students submit a 4-5 minute speech on the pre-assigned topic to their local Optimist Club. Club-level contests are held in February. Student submissions will not be accepted after the club-level contests have closed.
Deadline: Please contact your local sponsoring club or District chairperson.
Club Contests: Recognition at the club level are medals for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place, Boys and Girls. Clubs are now allowed, in their discretion, to give monetary awards of up to $500 to their contest winners in addition to the official medallions. Contest should be completed on or before February 23, 2018.
Zone Contests: Recognition at the Zone level is with an engraved plaque, which will be provided to the Lt. Governors by the District Committee. Winners at the Zone level will be recognized at the Regional contests. Contest should be completed on or before March 19, 2018.
Regional Contests: All regional participants will be given an engraved plaque, provided by the District Committee, recognizing that they were the winners at the Zone level. Winners at the Regional level will be recognized at the District contest. Contest should be completed on or before April 16, 2018.
District Finals: Will be held at the 3rd Quarter District Conference on May 5, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel-Columbus in Dublin, Ohio. There will be two scharlarships valued at $3,500 awarded to the District winners (one male, one female). All District participants will receive an engraved plaque, provided by the District Committee, recognizing that they were the winners at the Regional level.
NEW! Optimist Oratorical World Championships: Optimist International and St. Louis University have partnered to host an exciting new enhancement to the Optimist Oratorical Contest and scholarships. The new Optimist Oratorical World Championships will be June 28-29, 2018. Each Optimist District will have the exciting opportunity to send one of their District Oratorical winners (boy or girl) to St. Louis to compete with the winners of the six Districts in the Middle America Region for a scholarship valued at $5000 or more. The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete with the winner from St. Louis University’s Global Region for a $15,000, $10,000, or $5,000 World Championship scholarship. There is the potential for a student to win $22,500 or more in scholarships!
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