“Where are My Roots of Optimism?”

Two girls and one boy, who are blind/visually impaired, pose for the winners' photo while wearing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals. Two girls and one boy, winners of the speech competition in the School for the Blind, stand next to two ladies from the Optimist Club.Middle school and high school students, in the School for the Blind, participated in a speech competition, February 2, 2018. Eight students, who had worked on speech preparation and presentation techniques for weeks, presented their speeches to peers, school staff, and members of the Academy Optimist Club. The topic of this year’s competition was, “Where are My Roots of Optimism?”

Students regaled their audience with moving accounts of challenges overcome, personal sources of optimism, and invitations to view the world in an optimistic manner. All of the contest participants gained valuable public speaking experience. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the contest will go on to compete in the Club Contest later this year, with an opportunity to win cash prizes. We are so proud of all of the contestants and offer heartfelt congratulations to this year’s contest winners!