Oratorical Contest

Earl Friedman Oratorical Contest

Sponsored by the Farmington / Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club

Contest Dates: Girls’ Contest:                  Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 to register)

                       Boys’ Contest:                   Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at 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 3, 2017. 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.. Application form is available on club website: www.f2hoptimists.org.

Important Note: Because contest rules specify the maximum number on contestants in a single contest, we reserve the right to cut off registration when the maximum has been reached. We will attempt to refer/assign late entries (received after the maximum has been reached) to contests held by other Optimist clubs, but we cannot guarantee that this can be achieved.

Title/Topic:    “What the World Gains from Optimism”.

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

Age Qualification: The contest is open to students under the age of 18, as of October 1, 2016, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Contestants must be educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age. 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.

The contestants and their parents or guests 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.

Oratorical Application 2017



Riya Shah (2nd) Kavina Sheth (1st) Yashasvini Nannapuraju (3rd)
Nikhil Sheth (2nd) Chintan Maheshwari (1st) Thomas Lichtenberg (3rd)

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.