The Cross Plains and Middleton Optimist Clubs will again each host an oratorical contest later this year and District students are encouraged to participate.
The Middleton contest will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. at the Middleton Public Library. The Cross Plains contest will take place on Saturday, April 4 at 9 a.m. at the Rosemary Garfoot Library. E-mail Middleton's Steve Britt or Cross Plains' Lee Sorenson for more details.
This year's topic is, "Just Imagine a World Without Boundaries." All area students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2019 are eligible to enter. The speech must be at least 4 minutes and no more than 5 minutes and is judged on poise, content, delivery and effectiveness.
Winners of the Middleton contest will receive a medallion, certificate and $50 gift certificate, which can be used at Middleton-area businesses.
The top finishers will advance to either the zone level, which includes district participants from a few clubs and takes place on April 11 at a site to be announced, or the Southern Wisconsin District contest for students from participating clubs in the lower two-thirds of the state. The district competition is tentatively scheduled to take place on May 9 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Students will have the opportunity to win scholarships of up to $2,500 at districts.
Registration forms for each contest are available on the District website's Community Announcements page. More information about the contest is also available on the form.
Students can only compete in one local oratorical contest.
The Optimist Club oratorical contest originated in 1928. The contest is designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking, perfect self-expression, gain self-assurance, improve communication skills, and provide them with the opportunity to compete for college scholarships.