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2011 Club Contest
March 30, 2011
Held at St. James Academy, Monkton, MD

Optimist International Oratorical Contest 2015


2015 Topic:

 "How My Optimism Will Help Me Press on to Greater Achievements of the Future"

General Information About the Club Level Contest


When: The deadline for students to submit and present speeches is determined by the sponsoring Club.  The exact date/time and location of the Club contest will be determined at a future date. Contact Dennis Lane (see below) for more info.


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 two $2,500 scholarships.


For the official 2015 Optimist International contest rules, click here. 

For the official 2015 Club contest info, click here. 

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Who: Youth under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent.


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


The contest begins at the "Club" level and  the 1st place Club winners advance to the "Zone" level.  The winners of the "Zone" level compete at the "District" level.  


Club Level: 1st-3rd place boy and 1st-3rd place girl receive medallions and runners up receive certificates of participation.  1st place winners advance to Zone contest.


Zone Level: 1st place winners advance to District contest.  Sometimes plaques may be awarded to winners.


District Level: 1st place winners receive a $1,500 scholarship.  Plaques are awarded to winners.


How To Enter: Please contact Dennis lane at 410-592-7067 or email