GALVESTON — The Galveston Noon Optimist Club will conduct its 74th annual Youth Oratorical Contest at 10 a.m. March 29 on the campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston on Seawolf Parkway.

“How My Passions Impact the World” is the theme.

All young people, who have not yet reached the age of 19 as of May 3, are eligible to compete.

All speeches must be personally prepared by the contestants and must be between four and 5 minutes long. There will be separate contests for boys and girls.

The top three finishers in each contest will receive Olympic-style medallions.

The first-place winner in each contest will receive a $250 cash award and will be eligible to compete at the Optimist Zone Contest in April.

Zone winners will compete at the regional contest, and regional winners are eligible to compete for a $2,500 scholarship at the district contest on May 3 in Corpus Christi.

Call Robert Bastien, 409-763-2454.

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