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2010 Optimist Club Contest Theme Focuses on Cyber Communication: Progress or Problem

Image: KDES 2009 Optimist Club winners pose with representatives of the Optimist Club.

KDES 2009 Optimist Club winners pose with representatives of the Optimist Club.

The annual Optimist Club contest gives young deaf and hard of hearing students an opportunity to present their thoughts on a prearranged contest theme in a public forum. Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) will host two Optimist Club contest events this spring. On March 17, both the Sun Rise and NoonDay Optimist Club contests will take place at KDES. On April 24, the winners from all over Virginia and the District of Columbia will come to KDES to compete in the championship final.

"This year's theme, 'Cyber Communication: Progress or Problem,' is a great topic because many students use pagers, computers, e-mail, and so much more to communicate," said Elizabeth Hall, KDES teacher and Optimist contest coordinator. "Students will each write what they think is important to them and then they will present their essays in five minutes. Our students relate to this topic because they live and are growing up in a society that is controlled by various communication technologies."

For the contest, students make a four- to five-minute presentation before a panel of judges and a large audience. The contestants are scored on their poise, content of the speech, delivery and presentation, and overall effectiveness. The contest helps students develop the confidence to present themselves before a public audience.

For more information about the 2010 Optimist Club contest