Northern Wake Optimist Club Sponsors Youngsville Teen in Oratorical Contest

— May 2017

Noah McKay - Oratorical Contest

Noah McKay (center) with his parents,
Janet and Trevor McKay.
Photo by Yancey Hines

Seventeen-year-old Noah McKay of Youngsville emerged as the winner of the Zone 5 Optimist International Oratorical Contest on April 10. Sponsored by the Northern Wake Optimist Club, Noah will move on to the North Carolina East District Optimist International Oratorical Contest in May when he competes against approximately 12 other contestants. That next level of competition will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, at First Baptist Church, 125 S. John Street in Goldsboro.

The District winner will be awarded a $2500 scholarship and will continue to compete at St. Louis University in June in the World Championship level with a scholarship up to $22,500. This year’s topic is “What the World Gains from Optimism.”

Noah, who has been home schooled since second grade, has been accepted to Covenant College in Georgia, where he will major in Theology and Philosophy.  He plans to continue his education with graduate school working toward a law degree or seminary degree.

His hobbies include participating in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, playing the banjo and reading non-fiction books. Noah attends Stoney Hill Baptist Church. Last year he won the Bronze Presidents Volunteer Award through the Wake Forest Christian Honor Society. Currently, Noah is president of the Society.  He has also volunteered with his church and with the Samaritan Purse Ministries.  Other honors include 9th place in the nation in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate in Oklahoma City, 6th in the National Bible Bee (Bible verse memorization) in San Antonio and received the Chairman’s Oratory Award.