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Optimist International Essay Contest The 2014-2015 Optimist International Essay Scholarship Contests are now closed. --> Topic for the 2023-2024 school year is: "Optimism: How It Connects Us” Who: The contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent, including CEGEP students in Québec, Canada. There is no minimum age. Students must enter in the District in which they reside. U.S. students attending school on military installations outside the U.S. are eligible to enter in their last home of record. How To Enter: Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. To find out a contact, please e-mail the Programs Department at [email protected] . The Essay Contest planning pages are intended for use by Optimist Clubs in organizing and conducting a contest in their Club. They contain no information on entering the contest and are of no use to students wishing to enter the contest. Students must contact their local Optimist Club. When:

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Essay Contest

The contest is divided into two levels of competition:

1. The preliminary Club contest, where the winner from each local contest advances to the District level, and

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Topic for the 2023-24 school year is: “Optimism: How it Connects Us”

Eligibility: Open to all students under the age of 19 as of Oct 1, 2023 (and not enrolled as a degree-seeking student of a post-secondary institution)

Residence: Student must reside in the State of Michigan – Lower Peninsula

Language: The essay must be written in English

How to Enter: Students write and submit an essay on their interpretation of this year’s official topic, “Optimism: How it Connects Us”.

This scholarship contest is comprised of 2 levels: A preliminary round, which is conducted by local Optimist clubs across the state (entry deadline is generally Jan 31, 2024). The winner from each local club advances to the District level, where scholarships are awarded annually in May. The overall winner receives a $2,500 scholarship, Second Place earns $1,500 and Third Place earns $1,000.

A list of participating clubs will be posted in early December. Students: submit your essay packet to the one in your community. If there is not an Optimist Club where you live, submit your essay packet to the one nearest to you. Duplicate entries will not be accepted and are grounds for disqualification.

Most Clubs only accept submissions during the months of December and January. It is your responsibility to verify the deadline with the respective chairperson. Student submissions will not be accepted after the Club-level contests have closed.

Optimist Clubs or parents wanting more information can use the form below or please e-mail the Michigan District Essay Chair at [email protected] .

Club-Level Winner’s Submission Deadline: The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2024. Please refer to your Club Packet or contact the District Chair for more information.

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2022-23 Essay Contest Winner

2022-23 Essay Contest Winner

1st place, and a $2,500 scholarship:Brooke Lewis, age 16 from Zealand High SchoolHolland Optimist Club   "Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?" Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Good leaders inspire people to have confidence in their leader....

Michigan District Optimists proudly announces the results of the 2021-22 Essay Scholarship Contest!

Michigan District Optimists proudly announces the results of the 2021-22 Essay Scholarship Contest!

Michigan District Optimists proudly announce the results of the 2021-22 Essay Scholarship Contest!1st Place and winner of the $2,500 scholarship: Grace Brege, age 18,Alpena High SchoolOptimist Club of Alpine 2nd Place: Claire Johnson, age 16,Ogemaw Heights High...

Michigan District Optimists proudly announces the results of the 2020-21 Essay Scholarship Contest!

Michigan District Optimists proudly announces the results of the 2020-21 Essay Scholarship Contest!

Michigan District Optimists proudly announces the results of the 2020-21 Essay Scholarship Contest!1st Place and winner of the $2,500 scholarship: Bowei Li, age 16,Okemos High SchoolRoyal Oak Optimist Club 2nd Place: Lucy Cheatham, age 16,Portage Central High...

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2022-2023 Essay Contest - Club Planning Guide

Optimist international essay contest.

Topic for the 2022-2023 school year is:   "Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?” Who: Youth under the age of 19 as of October 1 of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent, including CEGEP students in Québec, Canada.  There is no minimum age.

How To Enter:  Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. To find out a contact, please e-mail the Programs Department at  [email protected] .

The Essay Contest planning pages are intended for use by Optimist Clubs in organizing and conducting a contest in their Club. They contain no information on entering the contest and are of no use to students wishing to enter the contest. Students must contact their local Optimist Club.

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  • The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2023. The deadline for Districts to submit their winner’s information to Optimist International is April 15, 2023. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

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Smith wins Optimist essay contest

Mar. 2—GREENSBURG — The Greensburg Optimist Club recently held their annual youth essay contest, with the top three essay winners appearing as guests at the Optimist Feb. 22 morning meeting.

Students 19 years old and younger are eligible to enter the annual contest. This year's essay topic was "Optimism — How it Connects Us".

There were 57 essays submitted this year.

Third place winner was Tava Wenning, who was awarded $50. The second place award of $100 went to Brenley Jameson, and the first place award of $200 was awarded to Ethan Smith. All three students are sophomores at Greensburg Community High School.

Smith's essay will be submitted to the Indiana South District Optimist competition where the winner will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Known as "Friend of Youth," the Greensburg Optimist Club meets on Thursday mornings at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast at the Bread of Life.

The Optimists are currently in the midst of their annual membership drive. For more information, contact local Optimist Club president Rick Nobbe 812-593-1099.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email [email protected] .

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Essay Contest 2024

Tanna Bliler, a Harper Creek High School senior is the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and has been awarded with a $500 check for her accomplishments. Her winning essay will be turned over to the Optimist District contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship. 

The contest is open to all local students under the age of 19 as of October, 2022. Principals, Counselors or English teachers were notified about the event at 11 surrounding high schools and asked if they would pass on the information about the event to their students. Unbelievably, Tanna was the student who stepped up to the challenge. That left the 2nd place $300 award and the four 3rd place awards of $100 unclaimed! Typically, there are around 10 essays turned in for judging; not sure why participation was so anemic this year? Thankfully, Tanna’s essay was an excellent composition and our club is proud to pass it on for District judging. This year’s topic was “Optimism: How it Connects Us”. Tanna presented to our club accompanied by her parents and read her essay to our club on February 22nd. Dr. Craig Miller was the HCOC chairperson of the event and is hoping for better participation next year. Pictured (L-R) are Dr. Miller, Tanna, George and Linda Bliler. 

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Optimist Essay - Tanna Bliler - Harper Creek-Battle Creek (pdf)

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Ashley Lindsley, a Harper Creek High School senior is the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and has been awarded with a $500 check for her accomplishments. Her winning essay will be turned over to the Optimist District contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship. Second place finisher and receiving a check for $300 is Harper Creek High School senior Lauren Higgs. The HCOC also designated 4 3rd place awards this year and they each received $100 for their compositions. Awarded third place monetary awards were the following: Josey Peet, a HC sophomore; Christopher Fytczyk, a Calhoun Christian School sophomore; Cooper Fry, a HC senior; Elizabeth Slocum, a HC senior. 

The contest is open to all local students under the age of 19 as of October, 2022 and twelve students from the community stepped up to the challenge and entered an essay this year. This year’s topic was “Who is and Everyday hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?” Of note: the most common hero of the compositions was mother, which generated 5 essays. Other heroes were father, grandfather, sister, a local nurse, God and 2 defined their everyday hero as a version of themselves. Returning this year to judge the essays were Christine Iavelli, a retired HC English teacher and Seth Berry, who is Editor of the Marshall Chronicle. The third judge and new this year was Revered Lawrence Bacik, pastor of the St. Elias Eastern Orthodox Church in Battle Creek. Dr. Craig Miller was the HCOC chairperson of the event. To read the winning essays, click on the links below. 

The Winners pictured (L-R) are Lauren Higgs, Cooper Fry, Ashley Lindsley, Elizabeth Slocum, Christopher Fytczyk and Josey Peet. 

Ashley Lindsley - Essay 2023 (pdf)

Lauren Higgs - Essay 2023 (pdf)

Elizabeth Slocum - Essay 2023 (pdf)

Christopher Fytczyk - Essay 2023 (pdf)

Josey Peet - Essay 2023 (pdf)

Cooper Fry - Essay 2023 (pdf)

Essay Contest 2022

Cooper Fry, a Harper Creek High School junior is the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and has been awarded with a $300 check for his accomplishments. Second place finisher and receiving a check for $200 is Harper Creek High School freshman Josey Peet. Tied third place finishers and each being rewarded $50 are HC High School junior Jessie Cummins and HC High School freshman Ondreana Mather. This year’s topic was “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” Dr. Craig Miller again chaired the program and was privileged to have the three well-qualified judges: Christine Iavelli, a retired Harper Creek English Teacher, Sandy Morgan, a retired Pfizer computer scientist and Seth Berry, a Harper Creek and Western Michigan graduate who is a journalist for the Marshal Advisor and Chronicle. Cooper's essay has been submitted to the Optimist District Contest where he will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. Click on the links below to read the students essays. Pictured below are Cooper Fry, Andreana Mather and Josey Peet. Jessie Cummins was unable to attend the awards banquet.  

Essay Contest 2021

Aiden Saunders, a Harper Creek High School junior is the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and has been awarded with a $300 check for his accomplishments. Second place finisher and receiving a check for $200 is Harper Creek High School junior Sydney Wieseler. The third place finisher is Harper Creek High School Mitchell Kyger, who is also a junior; his award is a $100 check. Although it was not a teacher assignment this year, 11 students stepped up to the challenge and entered an essay. This year’s topic was “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”. Dr. Craig Miller again chaired the program and was privileged to have the three following judges: Christine Iavelli, a retired Harper Creek English teacher, Sandy Morgan, a retired Pfizer computer scientist and Seth Berry, a Harper Creek and Western Michigan graduate who is a journalist for the Marshal Advisor and Chronicle.  Aiden’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where he will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. Click on the links below to read the student’s essays. 

Essay Contest 2020

Paige Pattison, a senior at Sturgis High School was the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and was awarded with a $300 check for her accomplishments. Second place finisher and accepting a check for $200 was Harper Creek High School senior Gabriele Bishop. All local High Schools were contacted relative to the event, but only two students stepped up for the challenge?! Fortunately both essays were worthy of recognition. This year’s topic was “Is Optimism the key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” And yes, that is the way imagine was noted on the official entry form. Due to scheduling conflicts the two winners presented to our club with family members on two different Thursdays to read their essay and collect their winnings. Dr. Craig Miller again chaired the program and Al Miller and John Peruzze assisted with the judging. Paige’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. Click on the links below to read the student’s essays. 

Essay Contest 2019

Shelby Grable, a senior at Harper Creek High School was the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and was awarded with a $300 check for her accomplishments. On Thursday evening, March 7th, the second place finisher Lauren Willerick, a freshman at Harper Creek High School ($200 award) and third place finisher Samuel Bussler, a senior at Harper Creek High School ($100 award) read their essays to the club. Shelby was unable to attend the ceremony due to a school conflict; her essay was presented to the club by the Essay Chairperson, Dr. Craig A. Miller. The students were accompanied to the meeting by their family and meals were provided by our club. This year’s topic was “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” All local High Schools were invited to enter contestants into the contest. Six essays were turned in by the deadline and the difficult job of judging the essays was completed by club members Dr. Craig Miller, Al Miller and John Peruzze. Shelby’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. Click on the links below to read the student’s essays and the pictures for captions.

Shelby Grable Essay 2019 (pdf)

Lauren Willerick Essay 2019 (pdf)

Samuel Bussler Essay 2019 (pdf)

Essay Contest 2018

Sophia Weller was the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and was awarded with a $300 check for her accomplishments. On Thursday evening, February 22nd, she along with the second place finisher Devin Whitlock ($200 award) and third place finisher Andrew Irons ($100 award) read their essays to the club. The students were accompanied to the meeting by their family and meals were provided by our club. This year’s topic was “Can Society Function without Respect?” Nineteen essays were turned in by the deadline and the difficult job of judging all the essays was completed by club members Dr. Craig Miller, Al Miller and John Peruzze. Sophia’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. To read these top three essays, click on the downloads below. 

2018 Optimist Essay - Weller (pdf)

2018 Optimist Essay - Whitlock (pdf)

2018 Optimist Essay - Irons (pdf)

Sophia Weller, Andrew Irons and Devin Whitlock (L-R)

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Optimist Club announces winners of essay contest

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The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club conducted its annual Essay Contest based on the organization’s theme for 2022-2023, “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”.

A panel of three judges evaluated the local students’ essays using strict Optimist International rules to determine the winners. First, second, and third place winners will receive cash prizes, medallions, and certificates for their accomplishments.

Rami Kabakibi

First place went to Rami Kabakibi, a student at Torrey Pines High School. Rami will be awarded a check for $250, gold medallion, and certificate. Rami’s essay advanced to the District contest for a chance at even greater prizes, including a college scholarship.

Tess Pollack

Second place went to Tess Pollack, a student at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School. Tess will be awarded a check for $150, silver medallion, and certificate.

Sienna McMorran

Third place went to Sienna McMorran, a student at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School. Sienna will be awarded a check for $100, bronze medallion, and certificate.

“These students all did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme among some tough competition. They expressed themselves well through the essay and deserve the honors they received,” Essay Contest Chairperson Janis LaVigne said in a news release. These Essay Contest winners have been invited to read their essays at the club’s evening Zoom meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday March 21. The meeting is open to the public and can be joined using the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3859025629 .

The Optimist Club of Del Mar – Solana Beach, CA has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for many years and has been active in the community since 1981. Other programs and service projects that the club is involved with include the Optimist Oratorical Contest, Miracle League of San Diego, Junior Optimist Clubs, Scouts, Children’s Challenge Awards, Casa de Amistad, Ronald McDonald House, Rady Children’s Hospital, Community Resource Center, and High School Scholarship programs. For more information about the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club and the community programs it supports contact Club President Joe Kellejian at [email protected] or Club Secretary Jim Parrotte at [email protected].

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 60,000 adult and youth members in 2,000 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and throughout the world. Carrying the mission statement “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about the Optimist International organization, call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

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Levi Reynolds, a Lenihan Intermediate School fifth grade student, was the local winner of the Optimist International Essay Contest, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Marshalltown. Reynolds read aloud his essay entitled “How Does an Optimist Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” at a recent Optimist Club meeting. Optimist Club President John Danielson rewarded Reynolds with a certificate, a medal and passes to the Aquatic Center. Reynolds’ parents, Connor and Sarah Reynolds, accompanied him to the meeting.

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The Clarkston Optimist Club recently held their 2022 essay contest. This year’s topic was “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” The essay contest was announced to Mountaineers, and senior Molly Burgess submitted her essay and won third place. Winners were invited to the Optimist Club meeting on Wednesday, March 16, to read their essays. Molly’s essay will advance to the district competition.

Molly concluded her essay, which reflected on her personal struggles and challenges in finding hope and optimism over the past several years, with these thoughts:

“A common misconception regarding an optimistic mindset is that it makes people naïve. However, this is an inaccurate assumption. From the train tracks up onto solid ground, I can say I have seen substantial change in my life once I regained hope. Optimism is not expecting things to turn out well, but knowing that I will persevere if they don’t. This is also something I know to be true through my dark experiences. As someone who is fascinated by art, I recently wrote, ‘Life is not meant to be a paint-by-numbers, always having knowledge of the next color and effortlessly staying within the lines. The uncertainty is most definitely scary but can also be beautiful if you stick around to give it the opportunity. The most breathtaking art pieces are messy and chaotic.’ In choosing to reinterpret the concept of feeling lost, my mind has developed contentment in the uncertainty of tomorrow. Through my developing optimism, I can now say that I am ready to go out into the world creating my own messy and chaotic artwork titled ‘Life.'”

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Oratorical World Champion!

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Congratulations Samiksha Gaherwar

The Seventh Annual Optimist International World Championships took place at St. Louis University on July 21-22, 2022. Samiksha Gaherwar participated in the contest as the Oratorical winner from the GATEway District. Samiksha graduated from Lambert High School and was the Valedictorian. She plans to attend Princeton University. She has been participating the the oratorical contest for 8 years.

The schedule of events began on Wednesday evening with a “Welcome” mixer for participants and guests. The regional contests began on Thursday morning. The Southeast Region contest was at 12:00 pm (CT) and the regional winners were announced the next morning. The winners of each region will receive a $5,000 scholarship. There were a total of 81 participants in the regional contests. Countries represented in the Oratorical contest were: USA, Canada, Jamaica, South Korea, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Nepal, and Haiti.

The World Championship contest began soon after the 9 regional winners were announced on Friday morning.

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Samiksha was Speaker A for the contest.

After all 9 participants completed their speeches, everyone anxiously waited for the announcement of the winners. We were all elated when it was announced that Samiksha was the World Champion and would receive a $15,000 scholarship.

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“Samiksha is a remarkable young woman and her family is wonderful. Samiksha’s perseverance—having participated in the Oratorical Contest for 8 years and finally winning it all—is a great lesson for others to follow. Like Samiksha, we should never give up working to make our dreams come true. As she heads to college in the fall, we wish her the very best in all her future endeavors” Dave Bruns, Past International President and International Scholarship Chair

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The GATEway District congratulates Samiksha and look forward to hearing great things from her in the future!

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Boyertown Optimist Club honors essay contest winner, runner up

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The Optimist Club of Boyertown recently honored its essay contest winner and runner up, Boyertown students Gianna Martin and Nicole Rehrig, respectively.

Open to students of the Boyertown, Pottstown and Pottsgrove school districts, the topic for this year’s Optimist Club of Boyertown essay contest was “How does an optimistic mindset change my tomorrow,” which is selected by Optimist International each year.

Gianna and Nicole read their winning essays at the Optimist Club’s March 14 business and board meeting, with their families in attendance. Both students were presented with medals for their achievement along with a certificate.

“Both young ladies did a wonderful job writing their essays,” said club secretary Phil Haddad.  “It was great to see students in the Boyertown School District willing to try something new and for some step out of their comfort zone.”

Haddad credited their teacher, Tina Schrode-Fries, for doing a great job preparing them to write their essays.

“She is a wonderful teacher, who works tirelessly with her students and her optimistic attitude would make her a great optimist member.”

“Thank you kindly to the Optimist Club for holding these great educational events for students,” said Schrode-Fries. “I am so proud of my students for competing in the essay contest and embracing an optimistic outlook.”

Gianna’s essay finished in second place in the Atlantic Central District essay contest. She will receive an engraved plaque.

“We as a club are very happy for her and seeing her succeed not only at the club level but at the district level as well,” said Haddad.  “It was great to see her do well at the district level.  We as a club  are looking forward to seeing both young ladies enter next year.

“We look forward to working with the students of the Boyertown School District and surrounding school districts next year.”

“Now more than ever, it is imperative that we help our youth recognize how pivotal adopting an optimistic mindset is,” said Schrode-Fries.

The Optimist Club of Boyertown serves 1,750 youth in the Boyertown community with seven major sports programs along with educational programs like the essay contest and the oratorical contest. To become a member and to learn more about the Optimist Club of Boyertown, email [email protected].

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The Eden Prairie Optimist Club honored 10 students on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for their essays on “Optimism: How It Connects Us.”

Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) junior Banji Olofinboba was announced as the winner of the club’s 2024 Essay Contest.

This year’s winners are:

  • First place: Banji Olofinboba, EPHS
  • First place: Syon Shetty, EPHS
  • First place: Shravanth Timma, Central Middle School
  • Second place: Spandan Datta, EPHS
  • Second place: Bami Olofinboba, EPHS
  • Second place: Akshaya Ramanujam, Central Middle School
  • Second place: Karin Johnson, Highlands Elementary, Edina
  • Third place: Allison Schuessler, EPHS
  • Third place: Yash Gupta, EPHS
  • Third place: Tess Bakken, Central Middle School

Attracting over 40 entries from students under 19, the club commended all participants, particularly Olofinboba, who now advances to the Optimist district level for scholarship opportunities.

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“Banji’s writing truly captured the essence of the theme, demonstrating exceptional skill and clarity. Congrats, Banji!,” said club member Ryan Affolter. “This contest is all about inspiring young voices, just like yours! We encourage everyone to keep writing, keep learning, and keep spreading optimism. Remember, your voice matters, and your perspective has the power to connect us all.”

Since its inception in 1978, the Optimist Club of Eden Prairie has dedicated itself to supporting youth through various programs and service projects, such as the annual Essay Contest. These efforts aim to cultivate a future rich in optimism and positive change. For more details, visit the club’s Facebook page .

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The Optimist International Essay Contest is a scholarship program for young writers who are 19 years old or younger and not enrolled in a post-secondary degree program. Competitions are held at the club level with winners moving onto the Colorado-Wyoming Optimist District Essay Contest to compete for a $2500 scholarship . This year’s topic is Optimism: How It Connects Us . The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. Club contests must be completed by February 28, 2024 . District winners will be announced by April 15, 2024. 

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Topic for the 2023-2024 school year.

Optimist International, with funding from the Optimist International Foundation, sponsors an essay contest with a grand prize of a $3,500 scholarship ($2,500 from Optimist International and $1,000 from The Great Ohio District) to the Ohio District winner. Boys and girls under the age of 19 are invited to submit an essay on a pre-assigned topic during the months of October, November, December, and January each year.

This contest is open to students under the age 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International year (October 1 – September 30) and who are not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. The student, who is educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean must compose a 700-to-800-word essay around a central idea. US contestants attending school on a military installation outside the country are eligible to enter in their last US home of record. The contest is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year. The Ohio District of Optimist International awards an additional $1,000 scholarship.

The deadline to submit your essay, with all necessary paperwork, i.e., application form, copy of birth certificate, green card or passport, etc. is February 28, 2024.

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Optimist Club of Maryville Essay Contest awards winners

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Recently, the Maryville club hosted their local essay contest. The purpose of this contest is to give young people the opportunity to develop their own views regarding something unique with regard to the world in which they live. Their approach can encompass a young person’s own personal experiences, the experience with their country or even a more historical perspective.

The topic selected each year by Optimist International is intended to give young people latitude to develop their own ideas around a central theme. In addition to the opportunity for written expression, the first place participant has the opportunity to compete for college scholarships at the district and international level.

This year’s theme was “Optimism: How it Connects Us.”

At the February 15 Maryville Optimist Club meeting, these winning entries were announced: first, Connor Blackford, senior son of Nate and Andrea Blackford; second, Alex Peck, senior son of Betty Jean Peck; third, Payton McGinness, senior daughter of Scott and Jayne McGinness. All three students are students in Nichole McGinness’ class at Maryville High School. There were 31 entries submitted for the contest.

The winners received commemorative medallions and certificates to show the club’s appreciation for their efforts and accomplishments. Blackford’s essay has been submitted as the Maryville Optimist Club’s entry at the district level of competition.

Judges for the contest included Optimist Club members: Lynn Beason, Trudy Kinman, Bob Bohlken and the Maryville Chapter of Missouri Writers Guild: Amy Houts, Sandy Wood, Lee Jackson and Bohlken.

Bohlken was the founding chairman of the essay contest and the late George Gille was chairperson for many years.

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Optimist Essay Contest Announced

The Optimist Club of Van Wert is encouraging area students to participate in the Optimist International essay contest for the 2021-2022 school year.  The contest is open to all Van Wert County students who are under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2021 and are not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. There is no minimum age.

The topic for this year’s competition is “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” The essay contest entry deadline is Monday, February 14. The Van Wert Optimist Club will judge local students’ essays and determine the top winners. 

Local winners will receive medallions, along with cash awards of $300 (first place), $200 (second place) and $100 (third place). The Club winner’s essay advances to the district contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. 

Students wanting to participate in the essay contest can receive application information and additional details by contacting their English teacher or guidance counselor or by contacting Diana Cearns, club essay chair, at 419-238-1463. Completed applications with essays will be picked up from local schools on February 14 and home school/individual entry students should mail or drop off completed essays (address on application) to be received by 4:00 pm on February 14.

The Optimist Club of Van Wert sponsors many local youth programs and conducts positive service projects. The goal of Optimist is to encourage students to bring out the best in themselves and others. To learn more about the club for membership interest contact Ray Able, secretary-treasurer, at 419-238-5086. 

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The last time Emmett Stanton appeared on “Jeopardy!” his handwriting garnered all of the attention.

When the three-time winner and Baltimore resident appears on Tuesday night’s Tournament of Champions episode, he can’t promise his scrawl will be more legible.

“I gotta say I didn’t really practice my handwriting,” Stanton said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun on Monday. “I did spend a year and a half between when I was first on [in 2022] and the ‘Tournament of Champions’ apologizing to my elementary school teachers for embarrassing them.”

While he can’t reveal too many details about Tuesday’s game show, Stanton said he and 26 other “Jeopardy!” winners spent a week in Los Angeles in February filming the coveted trivia showdown that pits champions against one another.

Competitors included those who had won the most “Jeopardy!” games since the last Tournament of Champions aired in 2022. Also among the group were winners of the “Jeopardy! High School Reunion Tournament” and the first season of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” on ABC.

Stanton will appear Tuesday in the seventh of nine quarterfinal games. Winners will move on to three semifinals. The finals will be a best-of-seven series with the first champion to win three games claiming a $250,000 grand prize and a chance to compete in the upcoming “Jeopardy! Masters.”

In the tournament are players who have won anywhere from three to 21 games. Stanton said facing off against champions with many more wins can be daunting.

“I have a really close bond with all my fellow players who won three games. You know, we have a sort of chip on our shoulder. … We’re trying to prove that we really do belong,” Stanton said, noting that a three-game winner upset a 21-game champion last week.

Emmett Stanton, a freelance writer from Baltimore, Md., is set to compete on JEOPARDY! event Tournament of Champions. Stanton, a three-game champion, plays his quarterfinal game on Tuesday, March 5. (HANDOUT)

During a week of being sequestered in the same hotel — what one “Jeopardy!” player called “nerd jury duty,” the tournament of champions participants created a WhatsApp group to stay in touch.

“It’s incredibly active,” Stanton said. “All 27 of us are on there … some days I won’t look at it for the whole day and then I’ll get back to it [and] it’s like, oh, there’s 220 messages!”

Stanton, a freelancer writer who covers the United Nations and recently returned from Ethiopia, said some of his favorite “Jeopardy!” topics include geography and movies.

“I’m a big movie buff. I would have loved a John Waters question,” he said. “[When] I actually got the phone call about being on the show the first time, I was literally on my way to a John Waters movie marathon at the Charles Theatre. So that would have been quite a good category for me.”

Stanton plans to watch Tuesday night’s show with friends who have been eager to know the outcome of the tournament.

“It’ll be a really, really great moment,” he said. “They’ve been pestering me about … how I did and all that. So I’m really excited to surprise them [Tuesday] with whatever the result may be.”

Sounds like the Final Jeopardy handwriting will soon be on the wall, legible or not.

“Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions” quarterfinals airs on Fox 45 at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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    Optimist International Essay Contest Topic for the 2023-2024 school year is: "Optimism: How It Connects Us" Who: The contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 - September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent, including CEGEP students in Québec, Canada.

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    The overall winner receives a $2,500 scholarship, Second Place earns $1,500 and Third Place earns $1,000. A list of participating clubs will be posted in early December. Students: submit your essay packet to the one in your community. If there is not an Optimist Club where you live, submit your essay packet to the one nearest to you.

  3. 2022-2023 Essay Contest

    The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2023. The deadline for Districts to submit their winner's information to Optimist International is April 15, 2023. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.

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    We'd like to announce the winners of the 2021-2022 Nebraska District Optimist International Essay Contest! All of the essay writers did an outstanding job and are to be congratulated for the exceptional way that they expressed their ideas. The winners are: First Place: Rae Lynn Sugden, Lincoln Evening Optimist Club. Thank you to our club ...

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    Nebraska District Optimist International Essay Winners. Hello, Nebraska Optimists! We'd like to announce the winners of the 2021-2022 Nebraska District Optimist International Essay Contest! All of the essay writers did an outstanding job and are to be congratulated for the exceptional way that they expressed their ideas.

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    On February 22, the Greensburg Optimist Club, known for its commitment to the youth, announced the winners of their annual essay contest during their morning meeting at the Bread of Life. This year, under the theme "Optimism -- How it Connects Us", the contest saw 57 ambitious participants, all under the age of 19, share their unique ...

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    The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club conducted its annual Essay Contest based on the organization's theme for 2022-2023, "Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?". A panel of three judges evaluated the local students' essays using strict Optimist International rules to determine the winners.

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    CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Levi Reynolds, a Lenihan Intermediate School fifth grade student, was the local winner of the Optimist International Essay Contest, sponsored by the Optimist Club of Marshalltown.

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    International each year. Plus the Ohio District of Optimist International also awards a $1,000 scholarship. Complete information on the Essay Contests will be available after October 1, 2022 at www.optimist.org - click Member Resources, Programs - scroll and click Scholarship Contests. Then click on Essay Contest. You will find valuable ...

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    The essay contest was announced to Mountaineers, and senior Molly Burgess submitted her essay and won third place. Winners were invited to the Optimist Club meeting on Wednesday, March 16, to read their essays. Molly's essay will advance to the district competition. Molly concluded her essay, which reflected on her personal struggles and ...

  16. Oratorical World Champion!

    The Seventh Annual Optimist International World Championships took place at St. Louis University on July 21-22, 2022. Samiksha Gaherwar participated in the contest as the Oratorical winner from the GATEway District. Samiksha graduated from Lambert High School and was the Valedictorian. ... Essay Contest Zone Deadline. February 29, 2024. See ...

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    The Eden Prairie Optimist Club honored 10 students on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for their essays on "Optimism: How It Connects Us." Eden Prairie High School (EPHS) junior Banji Olofinboba was announced as the winner of the club's 2024 Essay Contest. This year's winners are: First place: Banji Olofinboba, EPHS; First place: Syon Shetty, EPHS

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    The Maryville Optimist Club has chosen to participate in the Optimist International Essay Contest in 2024. Recently, the Maryville club hosted their local essay contest. The purpose of this contest is to give young people the opportunity to develop their own views regarding something unique with regard to the world in which they live. Their

  24. Optimist Essay Contest Announced

    The Optimist Club of Van Wert is encouraging area students to participate in the Optimist International essay contest for the 2021-2022 school year. The contest is open to all Van Wert County students who are under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2021 and are not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution.

  25. Maryville Optimist Club Champions Youth Voices in Optimist

    The Maryville Optimist Club has once again demonstrated its commitment to empowering the youth by participating in the Optimist International Essay Contest 2024, spotlighting the theme "Optimism: How it Connects Us."This initiative not only offers young individuals a platform for expression but also the chance to secure college scholarships through their literary talents.

  26. Winners chosen in CNS Optimist Club essay contest

    The Optimist Club of Cicero-North Syracuse has selected its winners for this year's essay contest, the theme of which was, "Optimism: How it Connects Us." This year's medalists are: 1st place: CNS senior Aria Van Dreason 2nd place: CNS junior Ethan Turner 3rd place: CNS sophomore Ivan Lin

  27. Baltimore 'Jeopardy!' winner will be on Tournament of Champions

    Competitors included those who had won the most "Jeopardy!" games since the last Tournament of Champions aired in 2022. Also among the group were winners of the "Jeopardy!

  28. PDF 2022-2023 Essay Club Chair Planning Guide

    Essay Club Planning Guide 2022-2023 Official Rules Each contestant must be given a copy of the rules and must complete the entry form. The rules contain information about the contest, judging and awards. Section I - General Rules 1. The Optimist International Essay Contest is divided into two levels of competition: Club and District. 2.

  29. Optimist Essay Contest

    THE DISTRICT ESSAY CONTEST WINNER WILL RECEIVE A $2,500 SCHOLARSHIP . Now is the time to begin preparations for your Club's Essay Contest. ... PRIOR SOUTH TEXAS DISTRICT ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS: Optimist Year: Winner's Name Sponsor Club: 2020-2021: Gia Mukherjee: Austin Optimist Club: 2019-2020: Kayla Bush: Waco Optimist Club: 2018-2019: Julia ...