Topic: "How My Passions Impact the World"

The Optimist Annual Oratorical Contest is for young people under 19 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and attend school in Rock Hill School District Three. The contest has three levels, they are:


Participating Areas



Local Club

Rock Hill School District Three

April 5, 2014  11:00 a.m.

St. Martin dePorres Center, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rock Hill, SC


Rock Hill, Chester, Clover, Ft. Mill, Lancaster, and York School Districts

April 26, 2014
10:00 a.m.

St. Martin dePorres Center, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rock Hill, SC


State of South Carolina

May 3, 2014

Columbia, SC

 Each applicant is required to give a 4- to 5-minute speech on the topic “How My Passions Impact the World.” Winners progress to the next level.

  • Local Club prize: Medallion and Gift
  • Zone prize: Plaque
  • District prize: Plaque and two $2,500 scholarships

For an application and complete contest rules, please click here.


Complete the application and mail it to:

Optimist Oratorical Contest

Central City Optimist Club

P.O. Box 446

Rock Hill, SC 29731

All applications must be submitted by April 2, 2014


If you would like additional information click here to Send Us a Message or contact us by telephone.

Lonnie Harvey, Jr. Secretary-Treasurer Charlie Robinson


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