The Centerville Noon Optimist Club supports Optimist International by conducting the annual Margaret Barclay Memorial Oratorical Contest. This contest provides an excellent opportunity for students to develop important public speaking skills. Any student is eligible to participate who is under the age of 19 as of October 1st and lives in Centerville/Washington Township and/or attends Centerville City Schools, Incarnation Catholic School, Alter High School, Miami Valley School, Spring Valley Academy, or Dayton Christian School.
Contestants deliver a speech between four and five minutes in length on the assigned topic at regular club meetings in January or February. One winner from each contest advances 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, and have the opportunity to compete at the World Championship.
The topic for 2020, determined by Optimist International, is “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries.”
Click here for the application and complete contest rules, and for inspiration visit the Optimist International Oratorical World Championship.
For more information or to submit an application form:
c/o Washington-Centerville Public Library
111 W. Spring Valley Rd.
Centerville, OH 45458