2021 Oratorical Contest

Due the logistical challenges as a result of the Pandemic, the Oratorical Contest has been cancelled for this year.  We will be back next year!

Topic for the 2021-22 school year is: 

Who: Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2021 (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: 

The High School level Oratorical contest will be on:

The 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: 02/03/2021