Essay/ Oratorical Contests

Essay Contest

Under the leadership of Amanda Wambolt the Optimist Club is conducting its annual Essay Contest with essays due no later than February 22nd, 2017.  Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016  has the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.  The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective.  In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!  This years topic is:  “Chasing  Optimism in the Face of Challenges”.

Club winners will receive $200 – First Place, $150 – Second Place and $100 – Third Place.
Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

For an application with contest rules, please click here.  The application must be submitted to the Riverside Optimist Club, P.O. Box 2036 Riverside, California 92516 not later than March 22, 2017.

Additional questions will be addressed by Amanda Wambolt:  951 533-1099 or Awambolt3@gmail.com. 

Oratorical Contest

Under the leadership of Cheryl Friedberg the Optimist Club is holding its annual Oratorical Contest March 8, 2017 at the Canyon Crest Country Club at 2:30 p.m..   Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016  has the opportunity to speak about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live.  The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective.  In additional to developing skills for oral expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!  This years topic is:  “What the World Gains from Optimism.”

The winners at the Club level will receive $200 – First Place, $150 – Second Place and $100 – Third Place and Zone winners receive a plaque.  Districts have the opportunity to provide two $2,500 scholarships or a first place scholarship of $2,500, a second place scholarship of $1,500, and a third place scholarship of $1,000.

For an application with contest rules, click here.

Additional questions will be addressed by Cheryl Friedberg:  951 733-9716 or Cheryljoel@sbcglobal.net.