The Optimist Club of Reno is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2015-2016 year.

The Oratorical Contest is open to students under 18 as of October 1, 2015. Students are required to prepare a 4- to 5-minute speech on the topic. This contest is designed to assist youth in gaining public speaking experience and provide them with an opportunity to compete for a scholarship.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners.  Winners will receive a medallion, certificate, and a monetary award 0f $100 for First, $50 Second, and $25 for Third Place.   The winning speeches will advance to the Zone level, and possibly the District level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.  Winners of the District level will be eligible to compete in a regional competition in St. Louis Missouri at Saint Louis University.  Winners of the regional contests will compete in the World Championship also held at Saint Louis University.  Students could win up to $22,500 in scholarships!

For an Official Application and Complete List of Rules, please click on the link below:

2015-16 Official Application and Rules

The deadline to hand in speeches is February 15, 2016.

2016 Optimist International Oratorical Contest- Win up to $22,500 in Scholarships!

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