The Coquitlam Optimist Club awards small cash prizes to the first, second and third place winners in the club’s contest. First and second place winners will advance to a zone and/or regional contest. First and second place winners of the regional contest will compete in the Pacific Northwest District Contest, where $2500, $1500 and $1000 prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, respectively. The winner of the Pacific Northwest District Contest will advance to the Pacific Coast Region Contest (encompassing California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah) for a scholarship valued at $5,000. The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete at a World Championship for $15,000, $10,000, and $5,000 scholarships.
The Oratorical Contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2019 who are not enrolled as degree-seeking students of a post-secondary institution. Contestants must give a 4-5 minute long speech on a pre-assigned topic. The 2020 topic is “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries.”
Download the Optimist International Oratorical Contest application and rules here. The Coquitlam Optimist Club's contest will be held in March 2020. Watch this site for details.
Robert Simms Memorial Scholarship
Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is designed to help students with a hearing loss to develop the skills and confidence to present in sign or orally to an audience. The contest is open to students through grade 12 who are certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more. The topic is the same as the Oratorical Contest, “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?”
The Vancouver-North Shore Optimist Club coordinates this contest on behalf of the Optimist Clubs of British Columbia in partnership with the Provincial School for the Deaf. A scholarship is awarded at the provincial level. Winners advance to the Pacific Northwest District contest, where they vie for $2500 scholarships.
For further information e-mail the Coquitlam Optimist Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.