Young Optimists

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Pictured, from left: Lauren Lapajne (grade 9), Charli Clark (grade 9), Irina Columbeanu (grade 8), Logan Epstein (grade 8) and Kylie Epstein (grade 8). Not pictured: Chloe Loquet and Jessa Kietter

Seven young Malibuites participated in this year’s Malibu Optimist Club Oratorical Competition, a contest “designed for youth to gain experience in public speaking, perfect self-expression, gain self-assurance, improve communication skills and provide them with the opportunity to compete for cash prizes.” This year’s topic was “Healing the World With Optimism.”

This year’s winners were:

First place: Chloe Loquet

Second place: Logan Epstein

Third place: Irina Columbeanu