Annual Oratorical Contest


The Optimist Club of Oakville is pleased to host an annual Oratorical Contest. It provides youth with the opportunity to express themselves and gain confidence in their abilities to express themselves and has been a focus for the Optimist Club of Oakville since its inception. Optimist Clubs have hosted Oratorical Contests since 1928. Starting in 2016, Optimist International has partnered with St. Louis University to conduct the Optimist Oratorical World Championships, which gives students the opportunity to receive further scholarships. Competition begins at the local Optimist Club level, and continues through the Zone, District, Regional, and finally International levels, with cash prizes and scholarships awarded at most levels. The winner of the International Competition will accumulate scholarships totalling $22,500.00!

The topic for this year's Oratorical Contest is: What the World Gains from Optimism. The 2016-17 Oratorical Contest Rules and Oratorical Application Form are now available. The deadline to submit an Oratorical application to the Optimist Club of Oakville is Friday, March 3rd, 2017. As the first level of the Oratorical competition, speeches will be presented at the Oakville Optimist Club on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017. 

Oratorical Contest 2016-17
Competitors and Winners

Thank you to the participants, their families, our judges, club members who came out to support the contestants, and most of all our Oratorical Chair, Cathy DiMichele. Above is a photo of the seven contestants with Cathy. Congratulations to all of you for an excellent competition. 

Our first place winner was Aarye Chandra. Congratulations Aarye! He is pictured above with Oratorical Chair Cathy DiMichele. He received a medallion, certificate and a cheque for $500.


                         Our second place winner of our Club Oratorical                                          Our third place winner is Diya Ahmad. 
                         Contest last night was Andrei Adam. Congratulations                                 Congratulations, Diya! Diya received a
                         Andrei! Adam received a medallion, certificate and                                     medallion, certificate and a cheque for $150.
                         a cheque for $350.

Check out this short video from the first International Oratorical Contest.

Cameron Tyler representing the Jackson Noon Optimist Club and Optimist's East Missouri District was the first ‚ÄčOptimist Oratorical World Champion! A contestant from our District made it all the way to the Regional contest also in Saint Louis this year. Congratulations to all of the youth who competed. Contests start again at the individual Club Level again in the 2016-17 school year. It is an awesome opportunity for a great school project.