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Above, 2017 Zone 9 & 10 Oratorical Contest Competitors.
Left, 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.