Winston-Salem Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

The Optimist International Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $159,000 are awarded annually in scholarships to youth with nearly 2,000 clubs participating in this program each year. The Oratorical Contest was first conducted in 1928.

The winners at the club level receive medallions and Zone winners receive a plaque. Districts have the opportunity to provide two $1,500 scholarships or a first-place scholarship of $1,500, a second-place scholarship of $1,000, and a third-place scholarship of $500.

Contestants of the contest cannot be more than 16 years of age as of January 1st of the contest year.