Optimist Club to sponsor essay contest for students


BROOKINGS – The Optimist Club of Brookings is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2020-2021. 

The essays must be a 700-800 word original work, and written by any student who is under the age of 19 on Oct. 1, 2020, and is not enrolled in a degree-seeking college program.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays based on the theme and determine the top writer who will receive a $50 prize. The winning essay will be sent to the district level, where a college scholarship of $2,500 is available for the winner.

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

The Optimist Club of Brookings has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for several years and has been active in the community since 1972. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include the Trout Extravaganza, Bike Rodeo, Kite Festival, and the Avenue of Flags.

Students wishing to participate can receive an application by contacting co-chairs Janet Brubakken at 695-4256 or Betty Beer Franklin at 695-7427. More information can also be found on the Optimist International website at optimist.org. Click on the scholarship link to find complete rules, an application and more. 

The completed application and essay must be received by Feb, 1, 2021. Entries may be given to the co-chairs or mailed to: Brookings Optimist Club, Box 836, Brookings, S.D. 57006

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