Students win Optimist Oratorical Contest honors

Six Farmington area students won awards in the 2016 local Optimist Oratorical Contest, and one has moved on to the state level.

The Farmington/Farmington Hills Breakfast Optimist Club held its annual competition in March, with seven boys and six girls participating. Students competed by reciting 4-to-5-minute speeches that they prepared on the subject “How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others.” The speech contest is designed to inspire today’s youth to motivate and inform others through the art of public speaking.

The Boys’ Contest was held on March 16 with seven contestants competing. The Girls’ Contest was held on March 23 with six contestants competing.

The winners of the Farmington – Farmington Hills Optimist Club 2016 Oratorical Contest are:

Oratorical Girls Winners 2016
Girls winners: Riya Shah, 2nd, Harrison High School; Kavina Sheth, 1st, Dunckel Middle School; Yashasvini Nannapuraju, 3rd, Harrison High School


Oratorical Boy WInners 2016
Nikhil Sheth, 2nd, Warner Upper Elementary School; Chintan Maheshwari, 1st, Detroit Catholic Central; Thomas Lichtenberg, 3rd, Harrison High School

Local first place winners Chintan Maheshwari, Detroit Catholic Central, and Kavina Sheth, Dunckel Middle School, competed against the winners from 16 other club contests in the Optimist Area IV contest on April 23 at Birmingham Seaholm High School. Maheshwari was selected as the top overall boys winner and will compete in the statewide contest. Last year’s winner, Veena Thamilselvan of Farmington Hills, won the statewide oratorical contest.

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