The Optimist Club of Coronado is excited to announce their sponsorship of several contests meant to encourage area students to speak their minds, express their opinions, and show their interpretation of optimism.

Local winners will receive cash scholarships and/or other prizes along with the opportunity to compete at the regional and international levels for even more scholarship money.

The Optimists Club of Coronado has been participating in the oratorical and essay contests for over 25 years. This year, they are especially honored to include recognition and inclusion of artists. The Visual Arts Competition program is designed to encourage and celebrate youth visual art skills in two categories, painting and drawing. The Photography contest, also new, highlights aspects of “The Optimist Creed.”

Oratorical Contest

The theme for this year’s contest is “Healing the World with Optimism.” It is open to students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2020. Contestants must speak on the official topic and speeches will be judged on content and presentation. Speech time allowed will not be under 4 minutes or over 5 minutes. Deadline for submission is Monday, March 1, 2021, and competition day is Wednesday, Marc 3, 2021.

Contact Diana Drummey at or Carla Fargo at for more information.

Essay Contest

The theme is “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.” This contest is open to students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2020. Each essay must address the official topic and be typewritten and double spaced. Essays must contain at least 700 words but no more than 800 words. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Contact Dave Bean, 619-57-2630, for more information.

Visual Arts Competition - Painting and Drawings (new)

the theme for this new contest is “Choose Happiness.” This is open to students age 11 and under as of Oct. 1, 2020. Painting or drawing should be on a 8 1/2 X 11 inch piece of paper. Any medium may be used, including watercolors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, charcoal, oil, acrylics, etc. All work must be original work by the student. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 12, 2021. Contact Renee Cavanaugh at for more information.

Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Theme for this year is “Healing the World with Optimism.” It is open to students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2020. All contestants must make a presentation the official contest topic and submit a typed copy of the speech. contestants can present in sign language, orally or using a combination of both. The time limit is not under 4 minutes and not longer than 5 minutes. Contact Diana Drummey at or Carla Fargo at for more information.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 80,000 adult and youth members in almost 3,000 clubs in the United States and throughout the world. The Organization’s Mission Statement serves as a guide for all local clubs “by providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves.”

The Optimist Club of Coronado has been an active group in our community for over 50 years. They meet weekly to build fellowship and support hundreds of youth in our community. Whether sponsoring Boy and Girl Scout service projects, volunteering at youth sporting events, cleaning up the highway, supporting local businesses or providing scholarships for college, Optimist Club members enthusiastically answer the call to provide a helping hand. To learn more about the Optimists Club of Coronado, please contact Bill Carinder at or visit the organizations’s website at

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