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Optimist International Oratorical Contest 2022-2023

Topic for the 2022-2023 school year is: “Discovering Optimism within Me”


Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022 (and is not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution) in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.There is no minimum age.

How To Enter:

Interested students submit a speech on the preassigned topic to the Frederick, Maryland Optimist Club.

The contact in the Frederick Optimist Club is Jim Hubbard (240-578-4961) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dates and Information to remember for the Contestants:

  • The deadline to enter is March 26, 2023;

  • The winners receive scholarships for higher level learning;

  • 1st place scholarship of $2,500;

  • 2nd place scholarship of $1,500;

  • 3rd place scholarship of $1,000.


Please note the the following links below:

Oratorical Contest Application 2023

Oratorical Contest 2023



Updated: 01/30/2023