Students to participate in oratorical contest

Winner will represent Cayman in Jamaica

Eleven high school students will take part in the Optimist Club of George Town’s seventh Oratorical Contest on Saturday.  

The students will speak for between four and five minutes on the topic “How my optimism will help me press on to greater achievements of the future.”  

The winner of Saturday’s contest will represent the Cayman Islands at the Oratorical International Competition in Jamaica in April. All of the Cayman students will receive certificates of participation, oratorical pins and Optimist T-shirts. The top three contestants will receive prizes of $500, $300 and $150, as well as medallions. 

Mark Ray, president of the Optimist Club, said, “We are very excited to host this year’s contest, as we have continued to see growth in the overall level of participation and competence of participants from year to year. The Optimist Club of George Town, Grand Cayman, is committed to bringing out the best in kids, as our motto states, and we look forward to the general public coming out and supporting our young people on Saturday,” 

During the international competition in Jamaica, the Cayman winner will compete against other oratorical winners from the region. Thew winner at the district-level contest will receive a US$2,500 scholarship.  

This year, the Optimist Club received a record 31 applications from students aged 19 and younger, organizers said.  

The club’s oratorical contest is designed to help young people gain experience in public speaking and provide them with the opportunity to compete for a scholarship. It is also a platform for students to express their thoughts and build their confidence.  

The oratorical contest will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, at the Harquail Theatre.  

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