The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic: "How my Optimism will help me press on to ‘Greater Achievements of the Future’" as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2014-2015 year. It is scheduled for 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 7, 2015, at the Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors (GKAR) auditorium, 5830 Venture Park Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49009.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top winners. Winners will receive medallions and prize money. The winning speeches will be sent to the zone level, and possibly the district level for the opportunity to win college scholarships.
Students under the age of 19, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent, are eligible to participate.