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Optimist Essay Contest 2013

Now is the time to begin preparations for your Club’s Essay Contest. If your Club does not currently have an Essay Contest you should start participating. This is a great opportunity to give the youth in your area writing experience as well as a chance for a $2,500 scholarship. Your Club needs only one member to participate but several members can participate if they are available.

The Club chairperson first becomes familiar with the rules and sets the dates for the contest to begin and end. He or she then gives the applications to schools, churches and other places where you serve youth in your area. The chairperson then selects three qualified judges who are not acquainted with the writers of the essays to pick the top three essays from all of the essays received. At the Club level, the judges may be Optimist Club members. Finally, the Club chairperson delivers the Club’s winning essay to the District Chairperson.

Cost

∙ A $10.00 fee to South Texas District is required.

∙ Each Club may award medallions to their winners. These are optional and cost about $20.00.

∙ Other awards are permitted at the Club level. Details are in the Club Chair’s rules.

Benefits

∙ Participants get experience writing the essays.

∙ The District winner receives a Scholarship of $2,500.00.

∙ The Club has an opportunity for a meeting program. Invite the three winners to a meeting to read their essays and receive their awards. Also, invite their parents to attend. They may join your club.

Summary of Key Items

The official topic for 2017-2018 is “Can Society Function Without Respect?".

The essay contest is open to students under age 19 who have not yet graduated from high school.

 The Club winning essay along with the other required documents and the $10.00 District fee must be received by the District contest chair on or before February 28, 2018.

Clubs that do not have access to the Internet should contact the District Chair, Greg Lester, at
(281) 597-1300 and leave your name, mailing address and a message requesting a copy of the rules and the application.

Application Form -Click Here (2016-2017)

Club Chairs - full contest rules, guidelines and forms. Click here (2016-2017)

PRIOR SOUTH TEXAS DISTRICT ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

    
                                                                             
                                                              

2017-2018 Topic
“Can Society Function Without Respect?"

THE DISTRICT ESSAY CONTEST WINNER WILL RECEIVE A
$2,500 SCHOLARSHIP

Optimist Year

Winner's Name

Sponsor Club

2016-2017

2015-2016

2014-2015

Kristina Correa

Corpus Christi - Downtown Optimist Club

2013-2014

Melissa Thayer

Round Rock Optimist Club

2012-2013

Paige Robbins

Greater Southwest Austin Optimist Club

2011-2012

Tyler Aaron Dockery

La Grange Optimist Club

2010-2011

Stephen Vincent

Fort Bend Sugar Land Optimist Club

 2009-2010

Hayden Fullen

Windcrest - San Antonio Optimist Club

2008-2009

Austin Moore

Manchaca Optimist Club

 2007-2008

Tiffany Crenwelge

Fredericksburg Optimist Club

2018 
Sophia Weller was the winner of this year’s 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.

Pictured (L-R) is Sophia Weller, the winner of this year’s essay contest, 3rd place finisher Andrew Irons and 2nd place finisher Devin Whitlock. 

Click on the links below to read the students compositions:

2018 Optimist Essay – Weller

2018 Optimist Essay – Whitlock

2018 Optimist Essay – Irons

 

2017
Jillian Slocum 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 February 23rd, she along with the second place finisher Alyssa Cutter ($200 award) and third place finisher Kristen Manke ($100 award) read their essays to our club. Each student was accompanied to the meeting by their family and meals were provided by our club. This year’s topic was “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”. Thirty 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. New club member and Harper Creek High School Counselor Stacy DeMoss was a very helpful liaison with the school in promoting the project and attaining some many entries. Jillian’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship.

Pictured below (L-R) and holding their checks are First Place Winner – Jillian Slocum, Third Place Finisher – Kristen Manke, Second Place Finisher – Alyssa Cutter plus the Optimist Chairperson for the event – Dr. Craig A. Miller.

Click on the links below to read the students compositions:

Essay – Jillian Slocum HCO

Essay – Alyssa Cutter HCO

Essay – Kristen Manke HCO

 

 

2016
Caitlynn Dellinger, a Harper Creek High School Senior, was the winner of our club’s Optimist International Essay Contest this year. She presented to our club along with her family and read the winning essay to our club during our general meeting on March 3rd. The topic the entrants had to write on this year was “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”. This was not an easy topic, but Caitlynn’s thoughts were very philosophical, organized and grammatically correct. You can read her essay by clicking on the link below. Our club awarded her $300 for her winning composition and has entered the essay into the District contest where she has a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship! Caitlynn is pictured below accepting her winnings from Dr. Craig Miller, this year’s Essay Chairperson.Click on the link below to read her composition:
Optimist-Club-Essay-Dellinger

 

2015 Contest not held.

 

2014
The Essay Contest is an Optimist International sponsored event. It is open to any youth under the age of 19 who has not graduated from high school or the equivalent. Our club held the event for the second consecutive year and local Sonoma Elementary Principal and club member Cyndi Mead chaired the project.  Our club awarded $300 to the winner of the event and $100 to both 2nd and 3rd place finishers. During our weekly meeting on April 24th two of the winners were present to read their essays.  Our club winner advanced to the District Contest with a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship! The topic for the essay this year is “How Dreams Lead to Success”.  The essay must consist of 700 to 800 words around the central topic. Pictured below (L-R) are Harper Creek Optimist Essay Contest winner Ellie Miller, 3rd place winner Jailee Keller and Optimist Chairperson Cyndi Mead.  Second place award winner, Elizabeth Young, was not present at the meeting to read her essay.

Click on the links below to read the students compositions:

Winning Essay – Ellie Miller

2nd Place Essay – Elizabeth Young

3rd Place Essay – Jailee Keller

 

2013
The Essay Contest is an Optimist International sponsored event. It is open to any youth under the age of 19 who has not graduated from high school or the equivalent. Last year (February 2013) our club held the event for the first time in a number of years; the program was a successful youth project for our club and we are planning on holding the contest annually. Our club awarded $300 to the winner of the event and prizes of lesser denomination to 2nd and 3rd places. Our club winner advanced to the District contest with a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship! The topic for the essay this year is “How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value?”.  The essay must consist of 700 to 800 words around the central topic. More information and specific rules will be posted on this website long before a deadline date is set for this year’s event. Pictured below (L-R) holding their monetary prize winnings are Harper Creek Optimist Essay Contest winners from 2013: Shelby Ernest, 3rd place; Kaitlyn Rau, 2nd place and winner Brooke Roberts.

Click on the links below to read the winning essays!

1st-Place-Essay-Brooke-Roberts

2nd-Place-Essay-Kaitlyn-Rau

3rd-Place-Essay-Shelby-Ernst