Public Speaking Contest

Oratorical Public Speaking Contest for $2500 Scholarship

Here’s your chance to practice (and to win great prizes like cash and scholarships!) Topic: To Be Announced. (2020 topic was: “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries”)

Wednesday March 24, 2021, 6:30 p.m.
Brooklin Community Centre, 8 Vipond Rd., (Craft Room), Brooklin, ON
Open to students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2020 & not yet graduated from high school.

Students will prepare a 3 minute speech on the topic announce in January. 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 will will move on to higher level competition with additional prizes.

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

Prizes: Club Level:

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$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: (one one contest)


District Level: (one 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 with the filled in registration form
3. Prepare a 4-5 minute speech on the topic of, “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries”
*Pre-registration is required by March 17, 2021

Key Dates:

Preregister by March 17, 2021
Contest date: March 24, 2021

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