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Oratorical Speech Contest

Earl Friedman Oratorical Contest

Sponsored by the Farmington / Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club

The Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club is hosting a speech contest for students. This speech contest is designed to inspire today’s youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking. It provides students an opportunity to express personal viewpoints on a pre-assigned topic.

Contest date: Saturday, March 3, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. (arrive by 9:45 to register)

Contest Location: Jon Grant Community Center,
29260 Grand River, Farmington Hills, MI 48336
(north side of Grand River, east of Middlebelt – at east side of fire station)

Depending on number of registrations, we will hold separate girls’ and boys’ contests in sequence. Contest order and speaking order will be determined by lot at the time of the contests.

Mail to Bruce Fowler, P.O. Box 2203, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-2203,
or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Note: We reserve the right to cut off registration when capacity has been reached. We will attempt to refer late entries (received after capacity has been reached) to contests held by other Optimist Clubs, but we cannot guarantee that this can be achieved.

Title/Topic: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?”

Length of Speech: The speech must be at least four minutes but not more than five minutes to avoid penalty points.

Age Qualification: The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1st, 2018. There is no minimum age limit. A copy of the contestant’s birth certificate or passport must be submitted at the time of the contest.

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

Further (next level) Competition: Only one contest winner (either a girl or a boy) will be selected by the judges to represent the club at the next level of competition.

The contestants and their family members or guests are welcome to attend the contest. Light refreshments will be served.

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