Optimist International Oratorical Contest

State Optimist Club Honors Local Speakers in 2018 State Contest


(L-R) SHS Speech Coach Clark Kolterman, SHS Senior Evan Nottingham-Champion, SHS Sophomore Madalyn Lobmeyer-Champion and State Representative to St. Louis and the National Optimist Speech Contest
and SHS Freshman Alex Sick, who placed third in the contest, along with Ms. Melissa Pohl, SHS Assistant
Speech Coach, who sponsored the students at the state contest.

The Seward Optimist Club honored their sponsored speakers at the Youth State Optimist Oratorical Contest held on April 7, 2018 at Grand Island Northwest High. Honored at their April 19th meeting were Evan Nottingham, SHS Senior, selected Champion Speaker in the Boys Division and Madayln Lobmeyer, SHS Sophomore, who was the Girls Division Champion Speaker, and received a plaque as the overall champion eligible to compete in St. Louis for more scholarships through Optimist International. Both received certificates and $2500 scholarships for college. Each student wrote and memorized their five minute speech on the topic “Where Are My Roots of Optimism?” Also honored and recognized at the evening Optimist meeting was Alex Sick, SHS Freshman, who was sponsored by the Lincoln Evening Optimist Club and placed third in the Girl’s Division of the contest and won a $250 scholarship. Attending the April 7th speech contest was SHS sponsor, Ms Melissa Pohl, SHS Assistant Speech Coach and Lana Urban-Seward Optimist President.
An evening meal preceded the student presentations for the Seward Optimist Club membership on April 18th , with awards following. Each student presented their award winning speech for the membership and were presented special Oratorical Contest Medals and certificates. It was noted that this is the first time that the Seward Club has sponsored both First Place winners in the State contest. Also attending the evening Optimist Club meeting was SHS Speech Coach Clark Kolterman and Melissa Pohl-SHS Assistant Speech Coach, who thanked the Seward Optimist membership for their continued support of youth programming and shared the impact of the scholarships generated over the
decades that they have sponsored.

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