Fox Performing Arts seeks talented teens

Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is putting on a competition showcasing teens of the St. Louis region. Teens are encouraged to compete in a talent category of their choice, whether they sing, dance, act, or do something eccentric. 

The competition is open to high school students that live within 50 miles in any direction of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. Students must be enrolled in high school during the 2022-2023 academic year to participate. First prize is $8,000 toward a college scholarship. 

Those interested in participating  can visit and complete the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition registration form. From there, registrants will be able to submit details about their act. Once registration is complete, it’s time to prepare for the “preliminaries.” On Feb. 4 and 5, contestants will have 3 minutes to show the judges what they can do during the preliminary round at Kirkwood High.

There are no fees to participate. Registration is open until Jan. 2.  Performers under the age of 18 will need a parent or guardian to submit a registration form on their behalf. 

The complete competition schedule and guidelines are on the website.  ‘

Optimist Club sponsors essay, speech contests 

O’Fallon Optimist Club 30295 is sponsoring essay and speech contests with scholarships from the Optimist International Foundation awarded to winners at the Eastern Missouri District level. Contests are open to students under the age of 19 as of Oct. 1, 2022.

The essay topic is “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?” The essay must be accompanied by a contest application and received by Jan. 31, 2023. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded at the district level. The winner will be notified by Feb. 28, and the essay will be forwarded for district competition. 

The speech contest is designed to help youth gain experience in public speaking. Interested students should prepare a four to five minute speech on the topic “Discovering the Optimism within Me.” A copy of the speech must be accompanied by the contest application and received by Jan. 31. The club competition is in March. Contestants will be notified with the date and time. The winner will advance to the regional contest in April. Two winners from that level will then compete at the district contest on May 6. There, the three top finalists will be awarded scholarships of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. 

There is also a contest for deaf and hard of hearing students to compete in speech or sign language. The topic is the same for either speech contest. The district winner of this contest is also awarded a $2,500 scholarship. 

For an application and rules for the competitions, visit Contestant must be sponsored by a local Optimist Club. Contact Cyndy Schwab at (636) 544-0102 or for details.