Several students were honored recently in the South Carolina District Optimist contests.

In the district oratorical contest, Rikaya Beall, an eighth-grader at St. Andrews Middle School, was the winner in the girls’ category.

The contest was based on a theme of “Why My Voice is Important.” As a winner of the contest, Rikaya received a $2,500 scholarship.

The S.C. District has been participating in the Optimist Oratorical Contest for 60 years.

Alexandria Cavadias, a sophomore at the Charleston County School of the Arts, won the Optimist district’s Communications Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The students’ speeches were judged on content and presentation to determine the top winners. The contest is open to students who have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or more, and students sign or speak their presentation, or communicate through a combination of the two.

The district contest was held in Spartanburg at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. John Small, also a student at the Charleston County School of the Arts, was among the runners-up.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and throughout the world.