Optimist International Oratorical Contest

The Optimist Club of Helena is hosting an oratorical contest which is the first step in the contest sponsored by Optimist International. The competition starts at the club level, progresses to the zone and/or district regional level, and the district level (the district includes Montana, part of northern Wyoming, Alberta, and Saskatchewan). A district winner will advance to the world regional level and ends with the world championship contest.  There are scholarships awarded at the district, world regional, and championship level. Two Helena contestant have earned a scholarship at the district contest, one in 2019 and one in 2020.

Two contestants from the local club contest [tentatively March 20] will advance to the zone level which will likely occur in April (TBD).  Because of Covid-19, this year’s contest will most likely be held virtually via Zoom at all levels.

Eligibility Criteria:  The contest is open to youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020, and not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution.  A copy of a birth certificate will be required for each contestant that advances from the club contest.

How to Enter:  Interested youth should prepare a 4-to-5-minute speech on the ASSIGNED TOPIC (see below) to be presented at the local Optimist Club’s contest. An application for entry for each contestant must be received by the local club by the end of day Monday, March 1, 2021, but the sooner the better.  Carefully read the rules provided on the application form.

Applications should be submitted to the Optimist Club of Helena by mail or email:

MAIL to Jon Moe, Optimist Club of Helena, 1065 Cap Road, Helena, MT 59602

EMAIL to optimistofhelena@gmail.com

Questions?  Call or text Jon at 406-439-4284