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Senoia Optimists host Oratorical Contest

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  • Mar. 27, 2020 - 10:03 PM

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Senoia Optimists host Oratorical Contest

Photo courtesy Senoia Optimists

Senoia Optimists Jean Cotton, far left, and Tony Bell, far right, are pictured with the winners of the club’s 2020 Oratorical Contest. From left are students Savannah Chitnis, third place; Grayson Fowler, second place; and Madison Anderson, first place.

The Optimist Club of Senoia recently hosted its annual Oratorical Contest for area students, who spoke on the topic of “Just Imagine a World Without Boundaries.”

Senoia Optimist member Jean Cotton, who is a retired teacher in the Coweta County School System, was the chairperson of this contest. Senoia Optimist Tony Bell served as the master of ceremonies.

Eighth-grader Madison Anderson of East Coweta Middle School won first place, fifth-grader Grayson Fowler of Thomas Crossroads Elementary School won second place; and fifth-grader Savannah Chitnis of Thomas Crossroads Elementary School won third place.

Anderson and Fowler qualified to advance to competition at the zone level.

Other participants were Kynsli Wilson (sixth grade, East Coweta Middle School); Owen Atwell and Riley Chitnis (third grade, Thomas Crossroads); Lauren McDonald and Caroline Sawyer (fourth grade, Thomas Crossroads); and Luke Mayfield and Alena Selivanova (fifth grade, Thomas Crossroads).

Judges were Adriana Cantwell, reading specialist at Lee Middle School; Karen Smith, a retired teacher; and Angela Tinsley, administrative assistant at East Coweta High School and former Optimist Oratorical Contest winner.

In 1928, an organization-wide Oratorical Contest was started by Optimist International. Through the years, its purpose has been to provide a valuable self-improvement activity for students. Today, this remains the oldest and most well-known program of Optimist International.

For more information about the Optimist Club of Senoia, visit its Facebook page or or email .