Mission: By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in kids!
Optimist International provides the topic upon which youth speak. Invitations are sent to schools in southern Jefferson County inviting students to participate. Winners of our club's contest go on to the next level contest and winners from there go on to the East Missouri District Contest, where they compete for scholarships: 1st place is $2,500; 2nd place is $1,500; 3rd place is $1,000. The East Missouri District winners go to a regional contest and the winners of that contest progress to the World Oratorical Contest, where the winner receives over $20,000.00 in scholarship funds.
Interested? The contest process begins at our club.
Scroll on down to see last year's World Champion. For more information, use the Contact Us button above.
Be inspired by Jaylon's acceptance speech! To watch his contest winning oration, visit Optimist International - Optimist International . You will find other speeches there, too, including Cameron Tyler's winning speech from the 2016 #Optimist Oratorical World Championships. Cameron represented the Jackson Noon Optimist Club and the East Missouri Optimist District.
Congratulations to our Oratorical Contest Winner Janei Jackson, from Herculaneum High School! Janei won the next level competition and advanced to the District finals!
On May 30 Janei won the East Missouri District Virtual Oratorical Contest and a $2,500 scholarship!
She then advanced to the Middle America Regional Virtual Oratorical Contest held July 16.