Public Speaking Contest

New Date! Club-level Oratorical contest planned for March 27, 2021. Event will be hosted virtually to support social distancing requirements.

Register by March 21, 2021

Prepare and deliver a 4-5 minute speech on our 2021 topic: Healing the World with Optimism

First and Second place winners in our club contest can move on to compete for up to $22,500 in scholarships at the district, regional and international levels. In 2019, a student participating in our club contest went on to finish second at the district contest and received a $1,500 scholarship! Scholarships are funded by the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation.

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Open to students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2020 and who have not yet completed secondary school. There is no minimum age.
    • Contestants are eligible to enter/compete in only one Optimist Oratorical contest during a contest year
    • Contestants who win 1st place at the District level and/or competes at the World Regional level are ineligible to compete in subsequent years.
  • Key Dates for 2021
    • March 21 (midnight) – Contest registration (by email or regular mail), including:
      • Signed application form
      • Copy of birth certificate or passport
      • Typed copy of speech
    • March 22-26 – Individual tests of video-conferencing platform (Zoom)
    • March 27 at 2:00 pm – Virtual Contest (using Zoom)
    • Early April – Zone level contest (virtual)
      • First and Second place finishers in club contest are eligible to complete in the Zone (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge) contest
    • May 8 – District level contest (virtual)

Download the following document for complete rules and the application form:

Do you have other questions? Email us.


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