02/23/10 — Optimist Club announces oratorical contest

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Optimist Club announces oratorical contest

By Steve Herring
Published in News on February 23, 2010 1:46 PM

Optimist Club of Goldsboro members are encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic of "The Internet: Today's Evolution or Tomorrow's Menace?" as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for 2010.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students' speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Winners will receive Savings Bonds in the amounts of $200, $100, and $50 in both male and female categories, and the winning speeches will be sent to the zone level, and possible the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.

Students under the age of 16 as of Dec. 31, 2009, are eligible to participate.

"As they prepare for their future, many of our local students need experience expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience," club president Maurice Nicholson said.

The deadline to hand in speeches is March 9 and the competition will be held March 17. Students wishing to participate in the oratorical contest can find out more by contacting the contest chairperson at 919-394-5925, or by visiting www.goldsborooptimist.org.

The Goldsboro Optimist Club has been participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for more than 40 years and has been active in the community since 1947.