Oratorical Contest

The Centerville Noon Optimist Club supports Optimist International with the annual Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest.  This contest provides an opportunity for students to develop important public speaking skills.  Students under the age of 18 as of October 1st are eligible to participate.  Contestants deliver a four to five minute speech at regular club meetings in February.  One winner from each of the boys’ and girls’ contests advance to the zone competition, and then can advance to the finals at the district level.  Winners at the state level receive a $1,500 scholarship.   

The topic is determined annually by Optimist International.  For 2018, it is “Where Are My Roots of Optimism.”

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Click here to download an application form.

For more information, contact Gary Anderson at 937-475-5700

;You may mail the completed form to

Liz Fultz

c/o Washington-Centerville Public Library

111 W. Spring Valley Rd.

Centerville, OH  45458

937.610.4480

lfultz@wcpl.lib.oh.us