2018-03-08 / News

Annual Optimist Club Oratorical contest

GRAND BLANC — The Grand Blanc Optimist Club is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2017-2018 year. The contest will be held March 21 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Blanc East Middle School Cafetorium.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners.

Winners will receive 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place medals for middle school and high school, the top 2 students will qualify to compete at the regional level, and possibly the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships. Winners at district level will be eligible to compete in the World Championship Series and be eligible for up to $22,500 in scholarships!

The contest is open to students under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2017. “As they prepare for their future, many of our local students need experience expressing thoughts and opinions to an audience,” Grand Blanc Optimist Club President Christine Kidwell 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 goal for the future.”

The deadline to hand in speeches is March 20th. Students wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Loren Crandell 248-821-9943 or Cindy Lareau 248-598-5137.

The Grand Blanc Optimist Club has been sponsoring the Oratorical Contest for 14 years and has been active in the community since 2004. The Grand Blanc Optimist Club is a local service organization with a mission of “Bringing Out the Best in Kids”. They meet for breakfast at Khios Restaurant on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 a.m. Anyone interested in joining the club is welcome at breakfast or they may contact Christine Kidwell at 810-603- 1497. — P.S.

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