2016-17 Oratorical Contest

The Optimist Club of Greenville is accepting applications for its annual Oratorical Contest for students younger than 18 as of October 1, 2016; who are educated in Pitt County; and have not graduated from high school or the equivalent.

Contestants will present a 4-5 minute presentation on the theme “What the Word Gains from Optimism.”  The two top speakers at the club level receive medallions and will have an opportunity to participate in the Zone 4 Contest and may advance to the NC East District Contest which will provide a first place scholarship of $2,500, second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

The Optimist Oratorical World Championship is to be held June 15-16, 2017.  Each Optimist District will have the exciting opportunity to send one of their District Oratorical winners to St. Louis to compete with the winners of the Districts in their Region for a scholarship valued at $5,000 or more.  The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete with the winner from Saint Louis University’s Global Region for a $15,000, $10,000, or $5,000 World Championship scholarship.  There is a potential for a student to win $22,500 or more in scholarships.

Applications (accompanied with copy of birth certificate and typewritten speech) are due by noon on Friday, March 10, 2017; more information is available at entries@greenvilleoptimists.org

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