CUMMING – Riverwatch Middle School was recognized recently by the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club for the school’s support of the Optimist Oratorical Contest and in honor of Riverwatch student Vinayak Menon.  Vinayak was the zone winner in the 2017 Optimist International Oratorical contest.  In appreciation of the school’s support, and the help of Riverwatch oratorical coordinators Ginger Breyo and Christy Gabbert, members of the Sawnee-Cumming Club presented a trophy to assistant principle Amanda Thrower.  This year’s oratorical topic was What the World Gains From Optimism.”  

The annual Optimist Oratorical Competition includes Forsyth County middle and high school students, along with an elementary school contest for younger students to gain experience.  The county-wide competition began with more than 5000 students from 26 schools.  The Forsyth contest is the largest in the United States.

Brenda Basey, president of the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club, said “Optimists are proud of Vinayak for his hard work and diligence.  Competition was strong, with so many students competing.  And we are pleased to present Riverwatch Middle School a trophy in appreciation for their support.  

“And we are grateful for the support and involvement of Forsyth County schools and our entire community.  United Way has also been a valuable partner, helping us to further develop the contest.  That kind of support enables us to reach so many of our young people.”