The West Plains Optimist Club's Oratorical Contest will give area students a chance to speak their minds about the topic “Where are My Roots of Optimism?" as the first step in the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2017–2018 year.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Club level winners will receive Medallions with the top winner taking home a $250 scholarship, and the top two speeches will be sent to the Zone level competition, and possibly to the District level for the opportunity to compete for additional college scholarships. Winners of the District level will win up to $2,500 in scholarship money and be eligible to compete in a Regional competition in St. Louis Missouri at Saint Louis University. Winners of the Regional contests will compete in the World Championship also held at Saint Louis University. Students could possibly win up to $22,500 in scholarships!
The first step is winning the club level competition. The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 who meet the eligibility criteria. Speech presentation should be no less than 4 minutes and no more than 5 minutes long.
The deadline to submit speech and completed Application Form is Monday, November 27, 2017, at 8:30am. Students will then present their oratorical speech at the Optimist Club's Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 5:30pm in the West Plains High School Library, and the Club level winner will be chosen following the contest.
For full details, rules, and eligibility requirements, see the Application Form below.
Optimist member Scott Smith is the chair and organizer of the Club-level contest.