2022 Optimist International Oratorical Contest

The annual Optimist Club of Van Wert Oratorical Contest will be held Sunday, March 6, 2022.

Applications are due by Mar. 1. The topic is “Staying Optimistic in Challenging Times.”

The goal is to have the contest in-person, but this could change based on Covid conditions at the time. The contest is offered to local middle school and high school students. Speeches will be judged based on content and presentation. First, second, and third-place winners will receive prizes of $300, $200, and $100. The top two local contestants will advance to the zone, regional, and possibly district-level competitions for the opportunity to win scholarships.

The Oratorical Contest challenges students to express their thoughts and opinions to an audience with the opportunity to win prizes and scholarships. Our club hopes to bring out the best in each young person and help them achieve their goals for the future.

Entry forms may be submitted by email to vwyinger@gmail.com; by mail to Greg Yinger, 1159 Westwood Dr., Van Wert, OH 45891, or by fax to 419-238-9391. Contact: Greg Yinger 567-259-5277.