PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – The Optimist Club of Calvert is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “Staying Optimistic in Trying Times” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2021/22 year.

The contest will be held March 26, 2022 and is open to Calvert County residents under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2021 who have not completed high school or its equivalent. The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners.  First, second and third place winners will receive medallions and cash prizes, $300, $200 and $100, respectively. The first place winner will advance to the District Contest to be held on April 30 in Ocean City, Maryland to compete for a $2,500 scholarship. Winners of the District level will be eligible to compete for a chance to win up to $22,500 in scholarships at the World Championship!

“As they prepare for their future, many of our local students need experience expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience,” Club Oratorical Chair Krista Brezina 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 deadline to hand in speeches is March 22, 2022. Students wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more about the contest by visiting the club’s website, www.CalvertOptimists.org

The Optimist Club of Calvert has been participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for several years and has been active in the community since 1968. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include college/career scholarship program, essay contest, Halloween party, Santa Night, Youth Appreciation Week, youth fish derby and Junior Optimist Clubs.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 80,000 adult and youth members in almost 3,000 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico 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 Mission Statement, “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves. Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

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