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Optimist Club to sponsor essay contest for students

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The Sunrise Optimist Club is sponsoring the Optimist International Essay Contest again this year. This is a prestigious contest and is an opportunity for students to develop their own views around a central idea. In addition to the opportunity for written expression, participants have the chance to win a college scholarship.

The contest is open to students under age 19, who are not attending a post-secondary school, as of Oct. 1, 2020. Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest rules and timeframe by contacting club chairman Gary Smith at 575-317-1402.

Contestants must write their essay on the official subject, “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.” This is a broad subject and offers the opportunity for the contestant to readily express their views. The deadline is Feb. 1, 2021, but don’t put it off. This will allow time for judging at the club level and forwarding to the district by their Feb. 12, 2021 deadline. The essays can be mailed to 3214 Notting Hill Ave., Roswell, NM 88201.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays based on the theme of “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism” to determine the winners. Winners will receive cash prizes along with mediations. Prizes awarded will be for first place: $300; second place: $200; and third place: $100. The winning essay will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President Terri Garvey said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”

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The Sunrise Optimist Club has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for 20 years and has been active in the community since the year 2000. Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include Poe Corn Basketball Tournament, Outdoor Adventure Day, Science Olympiad, Fill-a-Basket Grocery Run, Oratorical Contest, Vern Stahl Memorial Scholarships, Pancake Breakfast and we sponsor two Students of the Month. Along with the club’s projects, they donate yearly to the Assurance Home, Camp Corral, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Club, Buddy Walk, Special Olympics, high schools’ athletic teams, Rockettes, Charlie’s Angels and Camp Intervention.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 80,000 adult and youth members in 2,500 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Friend of Youth,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year.

To learn more about Optimist International, please call 314-371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org. To find out more about the local club, contact membership chairman, Roger K. Burnett at 420-9420 or look them up on Facebook.

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