Announcing                     $500+ in scholarships!


Optimist International Oratorical Contest 

Saturday, April 14th 8:00am-12:00pm


at the CentraState Healthcare Conference Center

Presented by The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold


This contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of

October 1, 2017.  There is no minimum age and no

grade level requirement.


Here’s how you can get involved:


Submit your 4-5 minute speech and application on “Where are my roots of Optimism?” to the Sunrise Optimist Club Oratorical Contest chairperson Sylvia Allen ( by March 15, 2018 

Participants will be evaluated based on the following:


  • Strict adherence to the time allowed
  • Poise
  • Content of Speech
  • Delivery and presentation of speech
  • Overall effectiveness
  • Level of professionalism


1st and 2nd Place winners will each receive $500 scholarships and the 1st Place winner will compete in the District contest for, 1st  Place $2,500, 2nd  Place $1,500 and 3rd Place $1,000.  The winners from the eight other Optimist districts will compete for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship. The winner of the Regional competition will advance to the International level and compete for $15,000, $10,000 or $5,000 in World Championship Scholarships.


Click here for Rules and Application

Mail application to PO Box 351 Adelphia NJ 07710

Any questions:  Contact Bill Woodard (732-446-9782) or Sylvia Allen (732-946-2711)