2019-2020 Optimist International Oratorical Contest

The Optimist Club of Reno is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2019-2020 year.

Contestants will prepare a four to five minute presentation on the subject to be presented to the judges. After the Optimist Club of Reno receives your application, an invitation will be sent to invite you to a banquet where the judging will take place. Applications must be received by February 21, 2020.

Who: Students under the age of 18 as of  October 1, 2020, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.

Application and rules for 2019-2020 contest


Contact for Questions about Essay contest:  Lorraine bretandlorraine@msn.com

Mail your application to:
Optimist Club of Reno
P.O. Box 148
Reno, NV 89504

The Optimist Club of Reno has been participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for several years and has been active in the community since 1940.

2018-2019 Oratorical contest and 2019 scholarship awards

Here are some photos of our 2019 scholarship awards and our 2016-2017 Oratorical contest.