Oratorical Contest

Optimist Club of Sacramento, Annual Oratorical Contest

The topic for the 2017-2018 School Year was: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?”

The 2018-19 School Year topic will be announced soon.

sacramento optimistsClub Level Contest was held at:

6:00 PM Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Rosemont High School “Little Theatre”, 9594 Kiefer Blvd., Sacramento 95827

Zone Level Contest was held at:

1:00 PM, Saturday, March 17, 2018 at California Alta Regional Center, 2241 Harvard St., Ste. 100, 95815

Oratorical Contest Rules
The Oratorical Contest is open to students under 18 as of October 1, 2017 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students are required to prepare a 4- to 5-minute speech on a pre-assigned topic.

Participants for the 2018 oratorical contest:

  • Aubreuelle Joy Arrington
  • Crystal Chan
  • Grant Bell
  • Juliet Johnson
  • Kaitlin Raymond
  • Maya Solis
  • Molly Martin
  • Rohit Jhaur
  • Vivian Stacy
  • Yutka Gutta

This year’s top 3 speeches were submitted by:

1. Juliet Johnson
2. Kaitlin Raymond
3. Grant Bell

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First Place
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Second Place
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Third Place

Congratulations to Juliet Johnson for placing first in the 2018 Optimist Club of Sacramento oratorical contest! By placing 1st at the club level, Juliet advanced to the zone level competition held on March 17, 2018. Unfortunately Juliet had a conflict on that date so she would not attend. This gave an opportunity to 2nd place, Kaitlin Raymond to participate but she also had a conflict. Grant Bell who came in 3rd place was next in succession but alas, he too had a conflict. Consequently, our club did not have a participant in the zone level competition. There is always next year…

Thank you to all the high schools and participants who took part in this year’s event. We look forward to next year.

This contest is designed to assist youth in gaining public speaking experience and provide them with an opportunity to compete for a scholarship. For more information contact:

Optimist Club, Sacramento
“Oratorical Contest” 2017-2018, Chairman
(916) 220-9134

Optimist Club, Sacramento
“Oratorical Contest” 2017-2018, Vice-Chairman
(916) 801-3999

Form and Rules for the Contest

A look at a winning Oratorical Contest speech

Topic for the 2016-2017 School Year: “What the World Gains from Optimism”

Listen to Riley’s winning speech!

First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.