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Above, 2017 Zone 9 & 10 Oratorical Contest Competitors.
Right, Lindsey Marshall, 7th grader at Bernard Middle School, from Mehlville Optimist Club, 2017 Zone 9 & 10 Oratorical Contest Winner.
Optimist International provides a topic upon which youth speak. Southern Jefferson County Schools are contacted to encourage participation. Optimists provide judges and prizes. Winners go to the Zone 9 & 10 Regional Contest and the top 2 winners from that level go to the East Missouri District Contest to compete for scholarships. From there, the winners go to the Middle America Regional Contest, and that winner goes to the International Contest to compete for a possible $20,000 scholarship.
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