Two Hilliard 8th grade students competed at the Optimist Club International’s Regional Oratorical Contest. Heritage Middle School student Durya Nadeem won first place in the girls division. Weaver Middle School student Jack Hall took second place in the boys division. To reach the regional level, Jack and Durya won the Hilliard local contest and the Central Ohio Zone contest. Ohio has three main regions. Competitors ranged from 7th-12th graders, and students all compete against each other regardless of age. Durya will now advance to the state level contest. She will compete against the other two regional female winners for a $3,500 college scholarship.