Optimist International Youth Contests 2023-2024
"How to Change the World with Optimism"
District Scholarships: First Place: $2,500 • Second Place: $1,500 • Third Place: $1,000 with a chance to win up to $22,500 at the World Championships level
District Contest April 27, 2024
Oklahoma City, OK
District Contact: Gloria Stanford, Wichita Falls Sunrise Club
"Optimism: How it Connects Us"
The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship! One District Scholarship of $2,500
Club Winners due before February 28, 2024 to:
District Contact: Lisa Vanhuss
COMMUNICATION CONTEST FOR THE DEAF & HARD OF HEARING
"How to Chankge the World with Optimism"
This contest offers an opportunity for students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing to present their thoughts in the community, gaining skills, which can only come from signing or speaking to a large audience. Patterned after the Optimist Oratorical Contest, the contest offers youth the chance to compete in speech or sign language with the chance to win a college scholarship. District Scholarships: First Place: $2,500 Second Place $1,500 Third Place: $1000
District Contest Saturday, April 20, 2024
District Contact: Mary Lou Curry, Optimist Club of Weatherford, TX
KIDS SPEAK OUT! SPEECH CONTEST
All young people can compete in the Optimist Oratorical Contest. The “Kids Speak Out” contest is a “pre-Oratorical” program that provides a more equitable competition for younger speakers.
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