Saint Charles County Community News

Optimist Club of St. Charles recognizes oratorical contest winners

Pictured (from left) are Paul Hauser – Club President, Elyse Boesch – First Place, Sabrina Villar – Second Place and Bob Beckman – Project Chairman.

The Optimist Club of St. Charles recognized the top finishers of the club’s 2024 Oratorical Contest during the luncheon meeting on April 16.  The recognized finishers were First Place-Elyse Boesch and Second Place-Sabrina Villar. The Third Place winner, Lilly Martin, was unable to attend the recognition ceremony. 

This year’s oratorical topic was “How to Change the World with Optimism.” The students delivered their speeches following the club’s weekly luncheon.  Club members expressed their pleasure in the quality of the presentations and the positive influence parents and teachers have on the students. 

Elyse and Sabrina advanced to the Zone 7 contest where Elyse finished second and will compete for a college scholarship in the East Missouri District contest on May 4. 

The Optimist Club of St. Charles meets weekly on the Tuesdays at noon at Pio’s Restaurant in St. Charles. Persons interested in learning more about the Optimist Club are encouraged to view the club’s website –