The contest is open to young people through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Québec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students must submit the results of an audiogram completed no longer than 24 months prior to the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist. Students must be certified to have an uncorrected hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, which must be supported by the audiogram in order to be eligible to compete. Students with permanent correction should compete in the Optimist International Oratorical contest.

Topic for the 2023-2024 school year is: “How to Change the World with Optimism”

Open to participants through Grade 12.
Entry due to Club by April 5th, 2024.

  • Club Contest Date will be early April 2024
  • Zone Contest Date will be April 2024
  • District Contest Date late TBD

General Information from Optimist International can be found at:

2023-2024-CCDHH-Application – Roseville, MN – 35232

For further information contact us at

Please read the application form and rules carefully.