2014 Optimist International Oratorical Contest PDF Print E-mail

Earl Friedman Oratorical Contest

Sponsored by the Farmington / Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club

Title/Topic: “How My Passions Impact the World”

Click here for an entry form

Age Qualification: The contest is open to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Contestants must be educated in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. There is no minimum age. A copy of the contestant’s birth certificate must be submitted at the time of the contest.

Length of Speech: The speech should be at least four minutes but not over five minutes in length. Penalties will be assigned for under- and over-time.

Contest Dates: The boys’ contest will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and the girls’ contest will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Both boys’ and girls’ contests will begin at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 to register and draw for speaking order). If we receive more applications than can be accommodated in one contest, we will hold a second contest at 4:00 p.m. (arrive by 3:45), with a final (runoff) contest in the evening (for the finalists from the two preliminary contests).

Contest Locations: The preliminary contest(s) will be held at the Jon Grant Community Center, 29260 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. In the event that a final (runoff) contest is necessary, it will be held at Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.

Prizes: Medallions and monetary prizes will be given to the winners (first, second and third place). Certificates of participation will be given to all contestants.

Regional Competition: The first-place winners will compete against other contest winners in the regional contest in April. The winners of that contest will compete at the state level for scholarship prizes.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, March 7, 2014. Mail to Bruce Fowler, P.O. Box 2203, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-2203.

Special Note: Because contest rules specify the maximum number of contestants that we can accommodate, we reserve the right to cut off registration when the maximum has been reached. We will attempt to assign late entries to contests held by other Optimist Clubs, but we cannot guarantee that this can be achieved.

The contestants and their parents or guests are welcome to attend the contest(s). Refreshments will be served.

For additional information, contact Bruce Fowler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 248-921-7579.

Oratorical Award Winners - March 2013 PDF Print E-mail

Farmington, Michigan — The Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club announced the winners of the Girls’ and Boys’ Oratorical Contest. Students recited 4-to-5–minute-long speeches that they prepared on the subject “Why My Voice is Important.”

The contest was open to boys and girls in the Farmington and Farmington Hills area who are students in school and not over 18-years-old.

The speech contest is designed to inspire today’s youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking.

Nineteen girls and 17 boys competed in the contests. Each competition (girls and boys) consisted of two preliminary contests with eight to 10 contestants each and final contests with seven finalists from the preliminary contests.
The contests were held on March 20 (girls) and March 27 (boys) at the Jon Grant Community Center and Longacre House.

• First Place – Veena Thamilselvan, seventh grade, East Middle School
• Second Place – Zahira Nawal (Anna) Malik, sixth grade, Warner Middle School
• Third Place – Easheta Shah, sixth grade, Power Middle School

• First Place – Chintan Maheshwari, seventh grade, Our Lady of Sorrows
• Second Place – Jagjeet Wani, seventh grade, Dunckel Middle School
• Third Place – Connor Rubin, 12th grade, Harrison High School

All winners received a medallion and a monetary award from the Optimist Club: first place - $100, second place - $75, and third place - $50.

The first place winners, Veena Thamilselvan and Chintan Maheshwari, will compete in the Regional Competition, which will be held in Pontiac on Saturday, April 20.

Junior Optimists: Salvation Army Project PDF Print E-mail

The East Middle School Junior Optimist Club recently wrapped up their community service project for the Salvation Army. They raised $230 at school and used it to purchase paper products for needy families in Farmington and Farmington Hills. They went for a massive shopping spree last week, and delivered everything to the Salvation Army. Congratulations to these outstanding young leaders on a job well done. Our local Salvation Army was thrilled to receive the donation and is already distributing these items to area families.

Pictured below with some of their purchases are (left to right) East Junior Optimists Camille Rogers, Brian Blau, Seton Trost, Dana Iles and Power Upper Elementary Junior Optimists Casey Iles and Catherine Sawicky.

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