The Optimist Oratorical Contest was held on this spring (2018) at the St Cloud Public Library. Eight students from our Nine participated in the contest representing St Cloud, Duluth and Anoka areas. Each student had to write and present a 4-5 minute speech on “Where are My Roots of Optimism.” Students who participated in the Zone contest were McKenzie Taly, Lilly Seamans, Oliva Surratt, Lyhnsay Yang, Adelaide Poskozum, Juliana Walter, Heidi Dvorak, and Teresita Baert. Lyhnsay Yang and Lilly Seamans were the winners and will go on to represents Zone 9 in the district contest in Watertown SD. The first and second place winners at the district will each win a $2,500 scholarship.