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Earl Friedman Oratorical Contest
Sponsored by the Farmington / Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club

Contest Date: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 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)

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 8, 2019. Mail to Bruce Fowler, P.O. Box 2203, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-2203
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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: “Is there a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”

Length of Speech: The speech must be at least four minutes but no more than five minutes to avoid penalty points.

Age Qualification: The contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2019, who are not enrolled as a degree-seeking student of a post-secondary institution (college). 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 winners (first, second and third place). Certificates of participation will be given to all contestants.

Further (next level) Competition: The first-place contest winner will represent the club at the next level of competition. The winner of that contest will be eligible to compete in the state-wide contest. The winner of that contest will be eligible to compete for the World Oratorical Scholarships. 

Family members and guests of the contestants are welcome to attend the contest. Light refreshments will be served.

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