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Puslinch Kids Shine At Optimist International Oratorical Contest


On March 21st, 11 of our students from Grades 6 to 8 competed in the Optimist International Oratorical Contest. This contest is designed to inspire today’s youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking. It also provides young people with the opportunity to compete for a college scholarship and express their views on a pre-assigned topic. This year’s topic was What the World Gains from Optimism.

Each candidate bravely presented their ideas about optimism and they were marked on their poise, content of speech, delivery and overall effectiveness.

  • 5th place-Kavya
  • 4th place-Brooke B
  • 3rd place-Liam D
  • 2nd place- Colin G
  • 1st place winner of the 2017 Optimist International Oratorical Contest at Aberfoyle P.S. was Aidan D.

Our top 5 representatives then battled it out for a zone position on Tuesday, March 28th at the Puslinch Community Centre. The students presented their award winning speeches to the Puslinch Optimist members. Each individual student demonstrated poise, confidence, and a passion for the topic. The judges for the District competition awarded the following students:

  • 3rd place- Aidan D
  • 2nd place- Liam D
  • 1st place winner of the 2017 Optimist International Oratorical District Contest winner- Colin G

Way to go ACEs! A special thank you to Mr. Tribe, Mrs. Bertrand, Mr. Fiddes, Mr. Sehl, Mrs. Slater and Ms. Dinsmore for your help and assistance with the competition.

We would also like to express our sincere gratitude to the Puslinch Optimist Club for donating $1000.00 to Aberfoyle Public School for our participation in the Optimist Oratorical competition. Thank you for your guidance and support!

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