Optimists Club Essay Contest For Maine

The Optimist Club of Littleton is participating in the Optimist International Essay Contest for the school year 2017-2018. The Essay Contest is sponsored annually 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 student’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship. Their participation in our Essay Contest can also be a positive accomplishment to include in their applications for college enrollment and other scholarships.

The topic for the Essay Contest for the 2017-2018 is “Can Society Function Without Respect?” The guidelines require that the contestants be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017, attending school in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The Optimist Club of Littleton will again award cash prizes and medallions for the top entries at our level. Essays should be submitted CO 80120.

The deadline for receiving essays will be February 12, 2018. Application information is available at www.optimistinternational.org.  Information will also be regularly provided to staff and teachers in LPS as the school year progresses.

VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club announced the winners of its 2018 Essay Contest on Tuesday.

Sarah Hartley, a senior at Chaminade-Julienne High School, was the overall winner. Her essay was entered in the Ohio District competition to compete for scholarship money.

Under the theme “Can society function without respect?” over 100 students from St. Christopher, Morton Middle, Chaminade-Julienne, and Butler High Schools submitted essays that were judged over a ten day period in February.

Each essay was scored by two judges on a variety of criteria including organization, creativity, vocabulary and style, grammer, punctuation, and spelling, and adherence to contest rules.

Hartley, in the winning essay, argued that society cannot function without respect.

“There has always been a problem with a lack of respect throughout all of history, but it seems to be more relevant today than ever,” she wrote. “Differences in political viewpoints, religions, social class, education, race, sexual orientation, and culture have begun to lead to an increase in hate and violence that we should not be seeing.

“Respect is a value that we all need to have for each other, but it needs to start for ourselves first. We have to learn to accept ourselves, love ourselves, and learn what we believe and why. Once we can do this, we can begin think about how our actions and choices affect other people. From that, we can choose respect. We can choose kindness. We can choose compassion.”

The top essays were recognized at a luncheon hosted by the Optimist Club on Tuesday. Honored students were:


First place – Cate Hartley

Middle School

First place – AJ Hathaway

Second place – Caylynn Bloemker

Third place (tie) – Ava Long and Annabel Lozan

Fifth place – Natalie Schoenherr

High School

First place – Sarah Hartley

Second place – Alyssa Burley

Third place – Jenna Albezreh

Reach Darrell Wacker at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Pictured are the winners of the 2018 Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club Essay Contest. Left to right are Ava Long, Annabel Lozan, AJ Hathaway, Natalie Schoenherr, Caylynn Bloemker, Alyssa Burley, Jenna Albezreh, Cate Hartley, and Sarah Hartley.

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