Description: Since its start in 1928, the Oratorical contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International.  The contest is designated for youth to gain experience in public speaking and provide them with the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:  Students in grades 6-12

Important Dates:  The speech process begins in mid-February and applications are due Mid-March. The preliminary club finals and district zone contests are held in April.

Awards:  Medallions and plaques.  Scholarships for district winners.

Additional informationhttp://optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm


Description:  This contest encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems.  It helps students master public speaking, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Eligibility Requirements:  Students in grades 9-12

Important Dates:   Participating schools register by October 1 and hold school based competitions prior to the county competitions in January and the regional competition in February.