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Sunrise Optimist announces essay contest winners

From left, Sunrise Optimist Club chairperson Karen Hamilton, second place winner Julie Stewart, first place winner Lacey Ryan and third place winner Aric Ly. (Submitted Photo)

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The Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell recently honored the top three winners of the local Optimist International Essay Contest with an early morning celebratory breakfast.

The topic this year, “Can Society Function Without Respect,” provided the young people with an opportunity to express their own opinions concerning the world in which we live.

Lacey Ryan, a ninth grader from New Mexico Military Institute, took first Place.  Her winning essay has now advanced to the New Mexico/West Texas District  level for competition and a chance to win a college scholarship for $2,500. Other top winners include Julie Stewart, a sixth-grader from Mountain View Middle School who took second place; and Aric Ly a ninth-grader from NMMI who took third place. Medals were given for first, second, and third places winners along with a check for $300, $200 and $100 respectively.

The Sunrise Optimist Club has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for over 15 years and has been an active service club for the Roswell community since 2000. The Sunrise Club is involved in many programs and service projects, including the Optimist International Oratorical Contest, the Sunrise Optimist Poe Corn Invitational Basketball Tournament, the Summer Baseball Tournament, the Sunrise Optimist Vernon Stahl Memorial Scholarships, Fishing Clinic and Science Olympiad.

To learn more about the club, and a way to help support the youth of Roswell, Google Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell, join them for breakfast any Wednesday at 7 a.m. at
Red Onion Restaurant, or contact membership chairman Roger K. Burnett at 575-420-9420.

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