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Friday, May 2, 2008

PNW District Oratorical Contest completed


The PNW District of Optimist International hosted the District Oratorical Contest in Newport Beach, Oregon on April 26. Eight wonderfully poised contestants from ages 10 to 15 each spoke on the topic "Why Me? Why Not?"

Following their performances, district oratorical chair John Bareis dismissed the judges to deliberate with the caution, "I'm glad it's not me that has to make the decision." But the judges did decide and emerging victorious was Clareesa Jones from Vancouver, WA. You can watch a recording of her speech at the club level here.

Ms. Jones receives a $1,500.00 college scholarship from the Optimist International Foundation for her victory. Earning second place and a $1,000 scholarship was Arianne Melton from Gresham, Oregon. Austin Lundin from Hillsboro, Oregon placed third and will receive a $500.00 scholarship.

Other finalists were Bengt Freepons, Pasco-TriCities; Emma Walter, Pasco-Tri-Cities; Mackenzie Hoff-Bell, Mission , BC; and Rabeel Jaweed, Vancouver-North Shore.
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