The West Plains Optimist Club's Oratorical Contest gives area students a chance to speak their mind on a given topic each year. Optimist member Scott Smith is the chair and organizer of the contest.
Judges will grade the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the winners. Winners of the Club-level contest receive Medallions and the opportunity to compete at the zone level and/or the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships. Winners of the District level are 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 who meet the eligibility criteria.
The Club's Oratorical Contest is held in the early part of each calendar year; watch this space for entry details to come for the next contest.