Originally Published: February 2, 2017 5:55 a.m.
The Optimist Club of Yavapai County is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “What the World Gains from Optimism” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2016-17 year.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Participants will receive certificates and winners will earn medallions. Winning speeches will automatically place at the zone level and compete at the district level in Tucson for the opportunity to win college scholarships. Students under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2016 are eligible to participate.
The deadline to hand in speeches is Friday, March 3, and the contest will be held on Friday March 10. Students wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Michael Whiting at 928-772-3227.
This is the second year that the Optimist Club of Yavapai County will be participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest. It is one of the most popular programs among local clubs, with more than 2,000 clubs internationally participating annually. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year.
To learn more about the Optimist Club of Yavapai County, please 928-772-3227 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimistclubofyavapi.org.