Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

This contest offers an opportunity for students who are Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing to present their thoughts in the community, gaining skills, which can only come from signing or speaking to a large audience. Patterned after the Optimist Oratorical Contest, the contest offers youth the chance to compete in speech or sign language with the chance to win a college scholarship.

Topic for the 2019-20 School Year is : “Just iMagine a World without Boundaries”

Students must submit the results of an audiogram completed no longer than 24 months prior to the date of the contest by a qualified audiologist. Students must be certified to have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, which must be supported by the audiogram in order to be eligible to compete.

This year's Theme: "Just iMagine a World without Boundaries?”

Open to participants through Grade 12

  • Club Contest Date will be early March 2020
  • Zone Contest Date will be early April 2020
  • District Contest Date late April 2020

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