by Marino Garbin
Samantha Jaouiche, a Senior at Waccamaw High School, recently won the Optimist Club’s oratorical contest based on her speech centered around the theme, “Imagine a world without Boundaries.”
Samantha was awarded the honor of first place for her oratory. In addition, Samantha and second place winner, Megan Stackhouse, will be sent to the zone level where they will compete against winners from other Optimist Clubs in the area.
Two winners of the zone competition will be sent to the District level with the chance to win a scholarship of $2,500. If they succeed there, they have the possibility of moving on to the Optimist International Regional/World Championship for a chance to win additional scholarships between $5,000 and $15,000.
“Samantha did a wonderful job presenting her speech about the topic posed to her,” club president Marino Garbin says. “The members of our Optimist Club have no doubt that Samantha has a bright future ahead of her.”
The Optimist Club of Carolina Forest has been participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for three years, and has been active in the community since 2014. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include Jason’s House, Grand Strand Miracle League, SOWW, Special Treats for Special Kids, and the Santa Express.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with over 80,000 adult and youth members in almost 3,000 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico, and throughout the world.
The Optimist Oratorical Contest is one of the organization’s most popular programs, with more than 2,000 clubs participating annually. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Youth, in our Communities, and in Ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year.