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The Optimist Competition is part of Deaf & Hard of Hearing Connections Week.
Optimist International is a worldwide volunteer organization made up of more than 2,500 local Clubs whose Members work each day to make the future brighter by bringing out the best in children, in their communities, and in themselves.
Optimist International sponsors three scholarship contests for students to earn money to pursue opportunities in higher education: the Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH), the Essay Contest and the Oratorical Contest.
Topic: “Where are My Roots of Optimism?”
The contest is open to young people* through grade 12 in the United States and Canada, to CEGEP in Québec and grade 13 in the Caribbean, who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Students must be certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more in their better ear, which must be supported by an audiogram within the last 24 months in order to be eligible to compete. For students with a CI, the ear without the CI must meet the 40 dB or greater criteria.
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* First place winners (in the local or district competition) from previous years are not eligible to participate in the Optimist competition if they have won prizes in past competitions.
Second place winners from previous years may enter the competition; they will not be eligible to receive any prize for second place but will still receive a certificate. They will receive a scholarship but no additional prize if they win first place.
Third place winners and students who have not yet won any prize from previous years are eligible to enter the competition again.
This year, due to funding restrictions, the scholarship will only be reserved for the district level of the competition. See FAQs for further details.
* First time participants (out of town students) in the Optimist Competition may be allowed to attend the competition if their intention is to participate in the following year. If students want to only attend the second year but not participate, they are welcome to do so with the support of funding from their local school district.
* If anyone (Lower Mainland students) only wishes to observe the Optimist Competition but does not wish to compete, and will also be present for lunch at the Optimist competition, email email@example.com with a separate list of these students/parents/adults for our information; add information about students' grade level and school district.
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Optimist is part of a newly-branded event called "Deaf & Hard of Hearing Connections Week" and you will need to use our new form to register for Optimist. You will need to also submit additional forms after registering online:
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Click here to register for the Optimist CompetitionBack to Top Lunch will be provided for all participants and observers registered through POPDHH. Dinner is not provided.