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Solon Optimist Club to sponsor Oratorical Contest for students under age 18

SOLON– The Optimist Club of Solon is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic, “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others,” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2015-16 year.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Winners will receive awards and the winning speeches will be sent to the Zone level, and possibly the District level, for the opportunity to win college scholarships. Winners of the District level will be eligible to compete in a regional competition in St. Louis, Mo. at Saint Louis University. Winners of the regional contests will compete in the World Championship, also held at Saint Louis University. Students could win up to $22,500 or more in scholarships.
The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1.
“As they prepare for their future, many of our local students need experience expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience,” Club President Marvin Stastny said. “The Oratorical Contest challenges them to do just that and also offers an opportunity for scholarships. In this way, our club hopes to bring out the best in each of them and help them achieve their goals for the future.”
The deadline to hand in speeches is Feb. 12, 2016. Students wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Brian Fitzpatrick at 319-930-1303.
The Optimist Club of Solon has been participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for 30 years and has been active in the community since 1966. Other programs and service projects the Club is involved in include: Tri-Star Basketball, Easter Egg Hunt, Bike Rodeo, Fishing Derby, Essay Contest, National Honor Society Reception, Sea Food Sale, Avenue of Flags and Beef Days Bingo.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada and Caribbean and throughout the world. The Optimist Oratorical Contest is one of the organization’s most popular programs, with more than 2,000 clubs participating annually. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects reaching more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call 314-371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.