Youth gain public speaking experience in oratorical contest

Youth gain public speaking experience in oratorical contest
Shown (l-r): Oratorical Chairman Tom Pettigrew, 3rd Place Reuben DeBoer, 2nd Place Owen Munnings, 1st Place Grace Munnings, Optimist President Don Zynomirski.       —Submitted photo.

DUNNVILLE—Seven youth regaled their family and friends with wit and wisdom as they set out to answer the question “Is there a fine line between optimism and reality?” at the Optimist Club of Dunnville’s Oratorical Contest on March 4, 2019.

Examples were given of people such as Wayne Gretzky, Harriet Tubman, and Terry Fox who realized the hardships of their reality but used optimism to persevere and thus form a new reality. All youth were poised and presented solid arguments.

The winners of the Optimist Club Contest received medallions and cash prizes of $150 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. In the end, Grace Munnings was declared the first-place finisher. She will continue to the Optimist Zone 2 Competition in Stoney Creek on April 20. Since its start in 1928, the Optimist Oratorical Contest has become the longest-running program sponsored by Optimist International.

The contest is designed for youth 18 and under to gain experience in public speaking, perfect self-expression, gain self-assurance, improve communication skills, and provide them with the opportunity to compete for a college/university scholarship.

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