The Optimist Club of Calvert is calling all young orators to share their thoughts on “Discovering the Optimism Within Me” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2022/23 year. The contest, which will be held on March 25, 2023, is open to Calvert County residents under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2022, 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. The first, second, and third-place winners will receive medallions and cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100, respectively. The first-place winner will advance to the Zone Contest to be held on April 4 in St. Mary’s County.

“As they prepare for their future, many of our local students need experience expressing their thoughts and opinions to an audience,” said Club Oratorical Chair Krista Brezina. “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 19, 2023. Interested students can find out more about the contest and register by visiting the club’s website, This is an excellent opportunity for young people to develop their communication skills and share their ideas with the world.

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