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Optimist Oratorical World Championships

Tentative Agenda
Schedule of Events

Live stream

June 27-29, 2018
Saint Louis University
Center for Global Citizenship
3672 West Pine Mall
St. Louis, MO 63108

*Please plan to arrive at the Center for Global Citizenship by 5:30 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 for registration followed by a Taste of St. Louis Reception.
Region and speaking orders will be determined at this time.


The Optimist International Oratorical World Championships will be held June 27-29, 2018, with the topic: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?”

Optimist International Oratorical World Championships - Frequently Asked Questions

Housing Options

Option 1 – Marchetti Tower East Option 2 – Hotel Ignacio Shuttle Information – GO BEST
Parking: Laclede Garage 3634 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108

Each Optimist District has 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.

    2017 World Champion Selected
  • World Champion: Meena Venkataramanan
  • Second Place: Adia Wynter
  • Third Place: Ye-Jean Park

    Regional Winners:
  • Southeast Region – Adia Wynter – Caribbean District
  • Middle America Region – Laura Kelly – Illinois District
  • Great Plains Region – Ye-Jean Park – Alberta Montana Northern Wyoming District
  • Southwest Region – Abbie Upshaw – Kansas District
  • St-Lawrence Region – Olivier Brunet – St-Lawrence District
  • West Coast Region – Meena Venkatarama
  • Mid-America Region – Jay Falk – Capital Virginia District
  • NE & Great Lakes Region – Matthew Leon – New York New England District

Congratulations to all the participants!

Oratorical World Championship Live Stream click here.

Local and District Contest Information