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Optimist Oratorical World Championships



First Annual Optimist International Oratorical World Championships Was a Huge Success
Optimist International’s partnership with Saint Louis University resulted in a premier event for Optimist Oratorical participants from around the world! 29 contestants competed in person at the Saint Louis University Center for Global Citizenship and 32 other students from the United States, Canada, Jamaica, India, Belize, Afghanistan, Myanmar, and Haiti competed via virtual technology.

The next Optimist International Oratorical World Championships will be held June 15-16, 2017, with the topic: “What the World Gains from Optimism.” District Chairs will set the deadline date for Optimist Clubs to complete their contests. The District deadline to submit the District winner information to Optimist International is May 15, 2017.

World Champion Crowned
The Regional winners competed in the 2016 Optimist International Oratorical World Championships finals and the winners have been announced.
  • World Champion - Cameron Tyler (East Missouri District in the Middle America Region)
  • Second Place – Grant Cadwell (Southern Wisconsin District in the Great Plains Region)
  • Third Place – Justice Hill (South Carolina District in the Southeast Region)
Congratulations to all the participants!


Regional Winners Announced
Congratulations to the Regional winners of the 2016 Optimist International Oratorical World Championships. These students advance to the World Championships contest to compete for the title of Optimist International Oratorical World Champion!
  • Northeast & Great Lakes – Sean Domencic (Atlantic Central)
  • Southeast – Justice Hill (South Carolina)
  • Mid-Atlantic – William Zupp (North Carolina West)
  • Middle America – Cameron Tyler (East Missouri)
  • Great Plains – Grant Cadwell (Southern Wisconsin)
  • Southwest – Dawt Sung (North Texas)
  • West Coast – Angelina Zhang (Pacific Northwest)
  • St. Lawrence – Maxyme Auger (Quebec Central)
  • Global Region – Pallovi Romen (Belize)

Each Optimist District will have the exciting opportunity to send one of their District Oratorical winners to St. Louis to compete with the winners of the Districts in their Region for a scholarship valued at $5000 or more. The winner of each Region (eight winners total) will compete with the winner from Saint Louis University’s Global Region for a $15,000, $10,000, or $5,000 World Championship scholarship. There is the potential for a student to win $22,500 or more in scholarships! There will be a workshop at the Optimist International Convention to see how your Club can be a part of this exciting venture. For more information, contact programs@optimist.org.

Local and District Contest Information