Oratorical Speech Contest 2017

Students shine in Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club Oratorical Speech Contest

In March, the Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club held their annual Girls' and Boys' Oratorical Contests. Students competed by reciting four-to-five–minute-long speeches that they prepared on the subject “What the World Gains from Optimism.” The speech contest is designed to inspire today’s youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking.

The Girls' Contest was held on March 15 with 10 contestants competing.

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The Boys' Contest was held on March 22 with seven contestants competing.


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The winners of the Farmington - Farmington Hills Optimist Club 2017 Oratorical Contest are:

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GIRLS: Amanda Millar, Power Middle School (3rd place), Riya Shah, Harrison High School (1st place), and Abigail Thomson, International Academy West (2nd place).

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BOYS: Evan Kravitz, Harrison High School (2nd place), Nikhil Sheth, Warner Middle School (1st place), and Pranaeet Voleti, Power Middle School (3rd place).

The top winners, Nikhil Sheth and Riyah Shah, competed in the District Competition on April 22 in Clawson. Nikhil won the Boys' Contest and went on to compete and win at the Michigan District Oratorical Contest on May 20 at the Crowne Plaza in Lansing. Nikhil competed against three other boys to win this honor. He will receive a $2,500 scholarship which will be collectible when he starts college or other higher education.

"We are so proud of all of the students who competed in the contests this year," stated Bruce Fowler, the Oratorical Chairperson. "We look forward to another great contest for our students next year as well!"