Oratorical Contest


“Discovering the Optimism within Me”

2023 Oratorical Contest
March 26
th, 2023

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

“Discovering the Optimism within Me”

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.

Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022 (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 24th, 2023 or when 20 entries have been received by the sponsoring Optimist Club.