Oratorical Contest Is Growing

Since its start in 1928, the Optimist Oratorical Contest  has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International. The contest is designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking and provide them with the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship.
 
There are now four exciting levels of participation:
Optimist Club Competition: Each Optimist Club may sponsor a local club contest. Local winners may compete in an Optimist Zone contest based on number of participants. Winnders advance to the District Contest
 
Optimist District Competition: Optimist Club Oratorical Contest Winners will compete at the Optimist District Contest for a chance to win a $2500 scholarship.
 
Optimist/Saint Louis University Regional Competition: One Optimist District winner will compete at the Optimist Regional Contest at Saint Louis University in St. Louis Missouri via live streaming. The Regional Scholarship is at least $5000.  Each Regional winner will compete in the World Championship Contest
 
Optimist/Saint Louis University World Championship: Each Regional Winner will compete in the World Championship Contest for a chance to win a first, second, or third place scholarship of $5000, $10,000, or $15,000 respectively. The World Contest will be held on June 24th 2016 at Saint Louis University via online streaming.
 
See the St. Paul Optimists Oratorical Contest page for all the details.