The Harper Creek Optimist Club hosted the Optimist International Oratorical Contest at the Harper Creek High School library on April 20th. This was the first time in a number of years that our club hosted the event and six local students participated. The club chairperson for the event was Stacey DeMoss. Judges for the contest were Hilary Anthony, Bruce Skaggs and Rita Wooten. The time keeper was club member Joe Sobieralski.
The topic for this year’s speech was “What the World Gains from Optimism”. Each speech based on the topic was to be at least 4 minutes in length, but not more than 5 minutes without being penalized. Winning the contest and receiving a check for $300 from the Harper Creek Optimist Club was Harper Creek High School Freshman, Alara Longnecker. Placing in second place and receiving $200 was Lakeview High School Senior, James George. The third place finisher and receiving a check for $100 was Harper Creek High School Freshman, Allison Graham. Receiving $50 participation awards granted by the Harper Creek Optimist Club were Danieolle Stewart, Brendan Peck and Julian Warner. Alara will move on to the District level contest on May 20th and have a chance to win a $2,500 Scholarship.
Pictured below (L-R) holding their participation certificates and club awarded checks are winning speaker Alara Longnecker, third place finisher Allison Graham and runner-up James George.
Judges for the event seated (L-R) are Bruce Skaggs, Rita Wooten and Hilary Anthony. Standing behind them is the Harper Creek Optimist Club chairperson for the event, Stacey DeMoss.
To view a video presentation of the Harper Creek Optimist Oratorical Contest click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsbXNlzCiCw&feature=youtu.be or to view a video presentation of the complete event: