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Senoia Optimist Club holds oratorical contest

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • May. 04, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Senoia Optimist Club holds oratorical contest

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Winners in the Senoia Optimist Club’s oratorical contest were front, from left, Jonathan Mears, Emma Watson, Ethan Garrett, Jacob Richardson, Hope Hazleton and Taylor Davis; back, Senoia Optimist Club members Tony Bell and Phil Downey, and Jacob Richardson.

The Senoia Optimist Club hosted 12 contestants in Optimist International’s annual Oratorical Contest recently.

This year’s speech topic was “What the World Gains from Optimism.” The contest was coordinated by club member Jean Cotton, and Optimist Tony Bell served as master of ceremonies.

Students from schools in the eastern half of Coweta County were invited to participate in the contest held at the East Coweta Senior Center this year. Speakers must prepare four- to five-minute speeches on the stated topic and then present their speeches for the audience and three judges.

First place girls winner was Hope Hazleton, a ninth-grader at East Coweta High School. Taylor Davis of Lee Middle School won second place, and third place went to Emma Watson, a fifth-grader at Thomas Crossroads Elementary.

Jacob Richardson of Trinity Christian High School took first place in the boys division. Second place winner was Ethan Garrett, and third place winner was Jonathan Mears. Garrett and Mears are students at Thomas Crossroads Elementary.

Davis and Richardson advanced to the next round of competition in Columbus.

Other participants were Ashley Dombrowski, Northgate High School; Holly Nelligan and Jana Rios, East Coweta Middle School; and Claire Gresham, Elyse Wisely, Audie Deyo and Jacob Fore, all from Thomas Crossroads Elementary.

The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives students a chance to win more than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundation each year.

For more information, call Phil Downey at 770-833-9242 or email