Oratorical Contest

Event details

  • March 20, 2019
  • 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • North Middle School Library Media Center N88 W16750 Garfield Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051

(above) 2018 Oratorical Finalists pictured from left to right: 2nd Place Beth Kathzman, Optimist Oratorical Chair Dawn Mariscal, 1st Place Rohitha Punathil and 3rd Place Raghav Pandya. 

Beginning in 1928, the Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program of Optimist International. The contest is designed for young people to gain experience in public speaking and provide them with an opportunity to compete for multiple college scholarships with a pre-assigned topic.

Topic for the 2018-19 school year is: “Is There a Fine Line Between Optimism and Reality?”
Oratorical Contest Logo
Interested students should prepare a 4- to 5-minute speech on the assigned topic to be presented at their local Optimist Club’s contest. Menomonee Falls contest is scheduled for Wednesday March 20, 2019 at 5:30pm. The speeches are judged at the Club level, Zone level, Regional level (if needed) and then at the District level. Optimist Club Oratorical Contest Winners will compete at the Optimist District Contest for a chance to win up to a $2,500 scholarship.

First conducted in 1928, this is the second most popular Optimist International Program. Nearly 2,000 clubs participate in this program each year. The winners at the Club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

How To Enter: Interested students submit a speech on the pre-assigned topic to their local Optimist Club.For more information or to receive contest materials, please contact Dawn Mariscal at: dmariscal@wi.rr.com or call (262)250-7680.

2018-2019 Oratorical Contest Application


Oratorical Contest Chair: Chris O’Reilly