FROM READERS: Winners of the Optimist Clubs of Columbia 2012-2013 oratorical contest

Monday, March 11, 2013 | 10:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:09 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 11, 2013
Kristine Cho of Smithton Middle School won first place in the Optimist Clubs of Columbia 2012-13 oratorical contest. She is pictured above receiving her winnings from Pat Brown, the chair of the oratorical committee.

Pat Brown is the chair of the oratorical committee and member of the Downtown Optimist Club. He is a former President and two-time Lieutenant Governor of the club. Linda Klopfenstein, Tom Andert, Kent Ford and Rick McKernan also assisted with the contest as members of the oratorical committee.

Optimists Clubs of Columbia (Sunrise, Downtown, Midway, and Kids First Optimist Clubs) conducted the 2012-2013 Oratorical contest on Saturday, March 2, at the Sunrise Optimist Club.

The results were:

First Place: Kristine Cho from Smithton Middle School

Second Place: Emily Konrad from Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School

Third Place: Dorothy Zhang from Grant Elementary School

All participants qualified to go on to the Regional competition on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Sunrise Optimist Club.

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