The Wayne Optimist Club sponsored their annual International Oratorical Contest with this year’s topic being “Is there a fine line between optimism and reality”? The contest was held on March 5 at the Wayne Community Junior/Senior High Library where the contestants from the Wayne Community School would speak before judges, optimist members and school faculty in attendance.
The Optimist Oratorical Contest is now the longest-running program of the Optimist International. This contest was designed for young people to gain public speaking experience while providing them with an opportunity to compete for college scholarships.
Competing from the Wayne Community School were students: Cortney Knutson, Dylan Freeborn, Brooklyn Reed, Sara Sibert and Ana Chiperi. First place was awarded to Reed, second place to Chiperi and third place to Sibert. Place winners were awarded with medals and money along with all participants receiving a certificate.
“I am very proud of these five for stepping up to the challenge and I can say in all the years we have done this, these were the best speeches overall I have heard from a group,” said Wayne Community Superintendent Dave Daughton.
Reed’s winning speech included her interpretation of optimism and reality including how family members react to a loved one receiving a tragic cancer diagnosis.
Reed will advance to the Zone level contest that will be held on Saturday, March 16 in Corydon at the New Beginnings Worship. If Reed advances she will compete again on March 30 and will have a chance to win District Scholarships of $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place with a chance to win up to $22,500 at the World Championship level.