This international competition is held annually. All entrants speak on a topic provided by Optimist International. Our local club contest is held in March of each year and is open to students under 16 years of age as of December 31 of the prior year. Boys and girls compete in separate events. Medallions and monetary awards are given for the top three speakers in each event at the club level. The first-place winners progress to the zone (regional) level.
District (state level) prize:
Plaque and two $1,500 scholarships
Plaque and a first-place scholarship of $1,500, a second-place scholarship of $1,000, and a third-place scholarship of $500
Students shine in Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club Oratorical Speech Contest
Farmington, Michigan— The Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club recently held their annual Boys and Girls Oratorical Contests. Students competed by reciting 4-to-5–minute-long speeches that they prepared on the subject “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.”
The speech contest is designed to inspire today’s youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking.
The Boys' Contest was held on March 16 with seven contestants competing. The Girls' Contest was held on March 23 with six contestants competing.
The winners of the Farmington - Farmington Hills Optimist Club 2016 Oratorical Contest are:
BOYS: Chintan Maheshwari, Detroit Catholic Central (first place), Nikhil Sheth, Warner Upper Elementary School (second place), and Thomas Lichtenberg, Harrison High School (third place) and GIRLS: Kavina Sheth, Dunckel Middle School (first place), Riya Shah, Harrison High School (second place), and Yashasvini Nannapuraju, Harrison High School (third place).
Chintan and Kavina competed against the winners from 16 other club contests in the Optimist Area IV contest on Saturday, April 23 at Birmingham Seaholm High School. Chintan was selected as the top overall boys winner at this contest and will next be competing in the statewide contest. Last year's winner, Veena Thamilselvan of Farmington Hills, won the statewide oratorical contest.
The Optimist Club of Farmington & Farmington Hills, Michigan is a voluntary organization of civic-minded men and women banded together for progressive thought and action in community service. Our membership is composed of citizens drawn from business, industry, government and other professions. Our members are motivated by their desire to contribute to the community in which they and their families draw daily benefits. There is no greater opportunity for participation in community affairs and community service than in an Optimist Club.