| An Optimist club is a civic organization. The Monroe Optimist Club motto is “Friends of youth” says Mike Irwin. The Monroe Optimist Club officers are Darrel F. Basford, Brian MacLennan, Gene Williams, Mike Irwin, Tom Bishop, Sally Schmidt, Mark Swartz, Debbie Artis, and Jack Annichenni. The Monroe Optimists organize 33 community and kids programs across the region. Some of these programs include a clean up program, the 100 Book Club, coloring contests, the science fair, numerous essay contests, and a childhood cancer fundraiser. The Monroe Optimists meet the first and third Monday of each month in the Monroe high school cafeteria.
Recently, the Optimists have organized an oratorical contest for students under the age of 16 years. This event took place on Monday, March 6, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. in the Monroe Elementary School cafeteria. The competitors included Brittany Norman, Rachel Klaiber, Ali Gibbs, Corie Minor, Matthew Price, Rachel Holderbee, Reagan Reece, Joseph Irwin, and David Irwin. The prompt was “My Future is Bright because…” and it had to be four to five minutes long. The judges would take off points for every 15-seconds under the time, delay, or over the time limit. Individuals that were not members of the optimist club judged the oratorical contest. This was the third oratory contest that the Monroe Optimists have sponsored.
Eighth-grader Brittany Norman took first place in the girls Oratorical Contest. Runner up was eighth-grader Ali Gibbs. Third place was awarded to tenth grader Rachel Holderby. Ninth-Grader Joe Irwin took first place for the boys Oratorical Contest. Runner up was fourth-grader David Irwin. Taking third place was eighth-grader Matthew Price. Everyone gave a strong effort in the contest. The third place prize was $50, second was $75 and first place took home $100. These winners will go on to a district competition and have a chance to win a scholarship or a savings bond.
By: Bobby Beagle
Mr. O’ Dell’s 8th Grade Advanced Language Arts