Optimist Oratorical winners announced

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Amani Huell and Sam Averette

Amani Huell, female orator and Sam Averette, male orator, both won first place in the SC Optimist International Oratorical Contest.

Both attend Waccamaw High School and are members of the speech and debate team.

The SC Optimist International District Oratorical Contest was held on Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. in Columbia. The competition included participants sponsored by five of the seven zones throughout the State of South Carolina. The South Strand Optimist Club’s female and male entrants both won first place, both received a plaque, and both won a $2,500 scholarship from Optimist International.

The South Strand Optimist Club sponsored these young people in their oratorical endeavors.

The topic of this year’s contest was “How My Passions Impact The World.”

Marty Waltemyer, president of the South Strand Optimist Club, stated “The students did it! Our new Club just provided the platform to exhibit their exceptional skills.”

The South Strand Optimist Club serves the town of Surfside Beach, the communities of Burgess, St. James, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, the Waccamaw Neck, and the city of Georgetown.

Optimist Clubs are known throughout the world for ‘Bringing Out the Best in Kids.’ The local programs do just that.

“If you would like to be involved in recognizing our community’s youth and those that assist them, we welcome you to join our effort,” Waltemyer said.

For more information and to reserve your place at the Thursday, May 15 “Recognition of Career/Technical Students” program, call or email Marty Waltemyer – 843-235-0671 or mwaltemyer@aol.com.

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