Contest

2023 Essay Contest Winners Read Their Essays

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. This year’s theme was “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”

The top three essays were read by their student authors.

Oratorical Contest – Week #2

Public speaking is important. Seventy percent of people say it is an essential skill for success. The speakers today are sharing their perspectives on “Healing the World with Optimism.” The winner from each of the 2 days will represent Centerville Noon at the Zone 14 contest, which will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 9th, 2021.

Oratorical Contest – Week #1

Since it was established in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International. Our contest is named in honor of former Optimist member Margaret Barclay. She cared deeply about bringing out the best in kids and in living the Optimist Creed. She spent 40 years in public education and retired in 2000 as Principal at Magsig Middle School. While Margaret passed away in 2010, it is a pleasure to see her memory being recognized in this way.

Oratorical Contest – Second Week

Day two of the Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest was held on February 11th. Members were impressed with the poise and courage of the middle-school students who prepared speeches and spoke in front of nearly 100 members. Faith D., Jacob W., Julia O., and Kathryn M. presented their thoughts on the topic “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries.” The parents who came to support the students had the opportunity to learn about the great things the club does for the community.

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