Oratorical Contest

“Discovering the Optimism within Me”

Optimist Oratorical Contest
March 24
th, 2024

Doors Open 12:30 PM
Contest Starts 1:00 PM

Kosciusko County Courthouse
Old Court Room / 2nd Floor
100 W Center Street, Warsaw IN 46580

Shari Benyousky
574.265.6782 – Juxtapaused@gmail.com
Jeff Owens
574.527.1387 – contest@jeffowens.net


  1. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers
  2. 1st and 2nd place qualify for Zone Contest
  3. Scholarship prizes for advancement in the National Contest.

Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club – 04555
Optimist International

Oratorical Contest Topic

“How To Change The Word With Optimism”

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.

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.

Who May Enter:
Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2023 (and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution) in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. There is no minimum age.

How To Enter:
Shari Benyousky – 574.265.6782 – Juxtapaused@gmail.com
Jeff Owens – 574.527.1387 – contest@jeffowens.net

The deadline to enter is March 22th, 2024 or when 20 entries have been received by the sponsoring Optimist Club.