Healing the World with Optimism

Young people speaking out, in competition for great scholarships.

Here’s your chance to practice (and to win great prizes like cash and scholarships!) This event will be held in an entirely virtual format to respect social physical distancing. It will be on March 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm via ZOOM.

Healing the World with Optimism


Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 not enrolled in post secondary education. There is no minimum age.

Tuesday March 23, 2021, 7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Students will prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic. Strict rules apply to make the competition fair for all contestants. At the club level, judges from the community use the marking scheme published by Optimist International to score points for the best speaker. The winner will move on to higher level competition with additional prizes.

For an application and complete contest rules, please click here.

Prizes: Club Level:

$300 – 1st Place PLUS the chance to advance to the next levels where you could win a $2,500 Scholarship
$200 – 2nd Place
$100 – 3rd Place

Zone Level: (only one contest)


District Level: (only one contest)

1st Place – $2,500 Scholarship
2nd Place – $1,500 Scholarship
3rd Place – $1,000 Scholarship

International Level: (only one contest)

The first Optimist Oratorical World Championships was June 2017. Each Optimist District will have the exciting opportunity to send one of their District Oratorical winners to St. Louis to compete with the winners of the Districts in their Region for a scholarship valued at $5000 or more. The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete with the winner from St. Louis University’s Global Region for a $15,000, $10,000 or $5,000, World Championship scholarship. There is the potential for a student to win $22,500 or more in scholarships!

How to Enter:

1. Read contest rules and fill out the registration form
2. Secure your spot* by emailing BrooklinOratoricalContest@gmail.com with the filled in registration form
3. Prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic of, “Healing the World with Optimism
*Pre-registration is required by March 17, 2021

Key Dates:

Preregister by March 17, 2021
Contest date: March 23, 2021

Contact Info:

Email: brooklinoratoricalcontest@gmail.com