Janssen wins Optimist oratory contest

Submitted photo Bethany Janssen is pictured with her certificate and check after winning the local Optimist Club’s Oratory contest.

NEW ULM — Bethany Janssen, a senior at New Ulm High School, recently won the Optimist Club of New Ulm’s oratorical contest based on a theme of “Just Imagine a World without Boundaries.”

Janssen will be sent to the District level where she will compete against winners from other Optimist Clubs in the Dakotas-Manitoba-Minnesota District with a chance to win a scholarship, and then possibly on to the Optimist International Regional/World Championship for a chance to win an additional $5,000 or up to another $15,000 scholarship.

“Janssen did a wonderful job presenting her speech,” Club President Lana Hoffman said. “The members of our Optimist Club have no doubt that Janssen has a bright future ahead of her.”


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