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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Much to speak about at the Optimist Oratorical Contest!

Each year Optimist International holds an oratorical contest at their clubs across America.  The Optimist Club of Jasper conducted their club oratorical contest this year at the Pickens County Library on Saturday, February 23 with 3 middle schools participating.  These schools (Pickens County Middle School, Dawson County Middle School, and Wildwood Christian Academy) each held their own competition earlier and sent their top contestants to compete at the club level.  The topic this year was “Why My Voice is Important”.

The top boy and girl contestant at the club level go onto compete at the Zone level which will be held in Canton on March 23rd with the top two from that contest going on to compete at the Georgia District level.  The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world.  More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.

At the Optimist Club of Jasper local level, the top 3 girls and boys will be awarded medals and monetary recognition for their efforts at the club meeting on May 2.  The Oratorical contest is part of the Optimist mission “to bring out the best in kids”.

Row 1 L to R:  Grace Troup (PCMS), Sydney McMinnis (DCMS), Alexis Cook (WWA), Emily Fitts (WWA)

Row 2 L to R:  Oscar McMullen (WWA), Jackson Leake (PCMS), Kaylen Grace (DCMS), Evan Povolny (DCMS), Brise Henson (DCMS) Jackson Melton (WWA)

Standing in Back:  Jim Bailey, Optimist Club Oratorical Project Leaders
Article by Sue Appleton

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