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The topic for the 2017-2018 Oratorical Contest is "Where are My Roots of Optimism?"

Click on the each of the following required documents, print, and follow directions to apply for the contest.  Good Luck!





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.


Oratorical Contest


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.

Twin City Area Optimist Club

     PO Box 475, Festus, Missouri  63028

Twin City Area Optimist Club