2021 Oratorical Contest

Topic for the 2020-21 school year is: "Healing the World with Optimism"
Who: Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 (and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution) in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age.
How To Enter: Complete the Application and submit it by the entry deadline, to: 

To view the application and rules, click here: Application

Students: The deadline for the Clarkston Area Optimist Club entries is: 

This year, 2021, the oratorical Contest will be held virtually/online, using Zoom.

The actual High School Oratorical contest will be on:
The actual Jr. High School Oratorical contest will be on:

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.

First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

Last Updated: 01/08/2020