Freehold, N J – The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2015-2016 year.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top two winners. Winners will receive $500.00 scholarships each and the first place student will compete at the Zone level and possibly the District level for the opportunity to win college scholarships. Winners of the District level will be eligible to compete in a regional competition in St. Louis Missouri at Saint Louis University. Winners of the regional contests will compete in the World Championship also held at Saint Louis University. Students could possibly win up to $22,500 or more in scholarships!
The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2015.
“As they prepare for their future, many of our local students need experience expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience,” Club President Matt Schiappa said. “The Oratorical Contest challenges them to do just that and also offers an opportunity for scholarships. In this way, our club hopes to bring out the best in each of them and help them achieve their goals for the future.”
The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold has been participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for many years and has been active in the community since 1985. The Club has been involved with and supportive of many programs and services to the youth in our communities. Two of the more notable accomplishments were the creation of Camp Quality of New Jersey, a camp for children with cancer and the Club was instrumental in the establishment of what was back then the Freehold Area Hospital’s (now CentraState) Health Awareness Center. The Clubs main area of contribution was the Drug Awareness Program and TAM (a totally anatomical model of the human body).
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean and throughout the world. The Optimist Oratorical Contest is one of the organization’s most popular programs, with more than 2,000 clubs participating annually. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (800) 500-8130 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.