Earl Friedman Oratorical Contest
Sponsored by the Farmington / Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club
Title/Topic: “How My Passions Impact the World”
Click here for an entry form
Age Qualification: The contest is open to students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Contestants must be educated in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. There is no minimum age. A copy of the contestant’s birth certificate must be submitted at the time of the contest.
Length of Speech: The speech should be at least four minutes but not over five minutes in length. Penalties will be assigned for under- and over-time.
Contest Dates: The boys’ contest will be held on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, and the girls’ contest will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Both boys’ and girls’ contests will begin at 7:30 a.m. (arrive by 7:15 to register and draw for speaking order). If we receive more applications than can be accommodated in one contest, we will hold a second contest at 4:00 p.m. (arrive by 3:45), with a final (runoff) contest in the evening (for the finalists from the two preliminary contests).
Contest Locations: The preliminary contest(s) will be held at the Jon Grant Community Center, 29260 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. In the event that a final (runoff) contest is necessary, it will be held at Longacre House, 24705 Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.
Prizes: Medallions and monetary prizes will be given to the winners (first, second and third place). Certificates of participation will be given to all contestants.
Regional Competition: The first-place winners will compete against other contest winners in the regional contest in April. The winners of that contest will compete at the state level for scholarship prizes.
Application Deadline: Applications must be received by 5:00 pm, Friday, March 7, 2014. Mail to Bruce Fowler, P.O. Box 2203, Farmington Hills, MI 48333-2203.
Special Note: Because contest rules specify the maximum number of contestants that we can accommodate, we reserve the right to cut off registration when the maximum has been reached. We will attempt to assign late entries to contests held by other Optimist Clubs, but we cannot guarantee that this can be achieved.
The contestants and their parents or guests are welcome to attend the contest(s). Refreshments will be served.
For additional information, contact Bruce Fowler at