Category Archives: Youth Project

Youth Appreciation Program

Those in attendance for our club’s weekly meeting on April 19th at The Moonraker West were privileged to hear from nine Harper Creek High School students who participated in the club’s Youth Appreciation Program. This program involves Harper Creek Senior students that are selected by the High School Staff relative to their excellence in demonstrating academic success leadership skills “job shadowing” a Harper Creek school administer for a day. The meeting was brought to order by Club President Dustin King and after the Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation; Harper Creek High School Principal Dennis Anthony presented the students that participated in the program. Each student introduced their family members accompanying them to the event and gave a brief talk about their experience and what knowledge they obtained from participating in the program. Meals were provided to the students and their family members by the Optimist Club. The meeting was adjourned by all in attendance reciting the Optimist International Pledge.

Pictured (L-R) in the front row are the honored students and who they “job shadowed”:  Sarah Hubbard – Wattles Park Principal, Brent Swan; Alyssa Crandall – High School Athletic Director, Ed Greenman; Emma Berning – Middle School Assistant Principal, Jason O’Farrell; Grace VanHorn – High School Assistant Principal, Lisa Crawford; Hunter King – School Director of Technology, Jim Maynard; Tommy Shaw – Harper Creek School Superintendent (and HC Optimist Club member), Rob Ridgeway and HC Optimist Club President, Dustin King. In the back row is Superintendent Ridgeway; Ryan McCafferty, who shadowed High School Principal, Dennis Anthony; Jackson Malone – HC Curriculum Director, Laura Williams; Drew Van Wagner – Beadle Lake Principal, Nneka Daniels and Principal Anthony, who also chaired the event.

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Oratorical Contest

The Harper Creek Optimist Club hosted the Optimist International Oratorical Contest at the Harper Creek High School library on March 28th. Stacey DeMoss was again the club chairperson for the event; Harper Creek High School teacher Tiffini Hurley volunteered her assistance in promoting the program. Judges for the contest were Ron DeMoss, Rita Wooten and Paula Giestler.

The topic for this year’s speech was: Where are My Roots of Optimism? Each speech based on the topic was to be at least 4 minutes in length, but not more than 5 minutes without being penalized. Winning the contest and receiving a check for $300 from the Harper Creek Optimist Club was Harper Creek High School Junior, Brooklynn Baker. Placing in second place and receiving $200 was Harper Creek High School Freshman, Cailey Smead. The third place finisher and receiving a check for $100 was Harper Creek High School Freshman, Alainey Dugan and Harper Creek High School Freshman, Arly Crespo-Sandoval finished 4th and received $25. Brooklynn will move on to the District level contest and have a chance to win a $2,500 Scholarship. The contest continues on to a regional winner ($5,000 scholarship) and even a World winner ($15,000 scholarship).

Pictured below (L-R) are Harper Creek High School Teacher Tiffini Hurley, 1st place winner Brooklynn Baker, 2nd place finisher Cailey Smead, 3rd place finisher Alainey Dugan, 4th place finisher Arly Crespo-Sandoval and Harper Creek Optimist Club Chairperson for the event, Stacey DeMoss.  IMG_6532

To the right of Chairperson Stacey DeMoss are Judges for the event (L-R) Rita Wooten, Paula Giestler and Ron DeMoss.IMG_6536

 

Attention: Young Essayists

Our club is again sponsoring the Optimist International Essay Contest. If you do not turn 19 years of age by October 1, 2017 and are interested in winning the local writing contest for $300 (2nd place $200 and 3rd place $100) plus potentially the District contest for $2,500, here’s your chance to step up. This year’s topic is “Can Society Function Without Respect”. You must adhere to the rules of the contest. For specific information and an official entry form, please download the entry form: Essay Application & Rules 2018  The contest is open to all local youth and the deadline to enter your essay for judging is Friday, February 16th. Please submit your essay and entry form via email to camod@comcast.net or in hard copy to 4275 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek 49015 (an Optometry office). Harper Creek students can turn their essays in to Harper Creek Counselor, Stacey DeMoss. The entry form is a .pdf file fill-in form. The Sponsoring Optimist Club Name is Harper Creek Optimist Club and The Sponsoring Optimist Club Number is 17200. Please direct questions to 269-979-1561 and ask for Dr. Miller. On the website Menu click on Essay Contest under Youth Service Projects to view information and read the winning essays from previous years.

 

All-City Girls Golf

On October 3rd the Harper Creek Optimist Club sponsored their 19th All-City Girls Golf Meet on the nine-hole Preserve Course at Battle Creek’s Binder Park Golf Course. Harper Creek and Lakeview are the only city schools that now have a girl’s golf team and the meet was won by Lakeview 191 to 228. Our club again provided pizza, beverages, medals, the title trophy and t-shirts to all the participants. Special thanks to club member and founder of the event, John Peruzze and club member Richard Peternel for organizing the event.

Pictured below are the winning Lakeview team and the runner-up Harper Creek squad. The pictures were provided by Will Kowalski, Sports Editor of the Battle Creek Shopper. 2017-10-OptimistGirlsGolf12017-10-OptimistGirlsGolf2

Lakeview’s McKenna Evans was the medalist of the event with a round of 46.2017-10-OptimistGirlsGolf3

 

Cross Country Invitational 2017

On Saturday, August 26 the Harper Creek Optimist Club held their annual Cross Country Invitational. A beautiful warm sunny morning was very accommodating versus last year when the event was rained out after one race. Ten High Schools participated from as far away as Niles for the boys’ and girls’ running event. Our club was again a gracious host serving free refreshments for all those in attendance. Six hundred fifty hot dogs were served along with chips, cookies, candy, apples, bottled water, fruit drink and coffee. A special thanks goes out to club member Dr. Gary Gymer for again chairing the event and to the numerous club members who volunteered their Saturday morning to offer assistance. For a sports summary of the event and to view pictures click on Cross Country Invitational under Youth Service Projects on the above menu.

Pictured below is the start of the Boys’ Junior-Senior race, the Optimist food stand and hungry runners being served refreshments.2017-08-OptimistXCRace22017-08-OptimistXCFoodStand                         2017-08-OptimistXCEaters2                  2017-08-OptimistXCEaters1

2017 Harper Creek Optimist Open Tennis Classic

The date for this year’s Harper Creek Optimist Open Tennis Classic is August 4 through August 6. It will be held at the Harper Creek High School Tennis Complex and the general tennis format will be the same: youth are encouraged to play singles and there are regular and mixed doubles for adults. Youth and adults may enter not more than two tournaments and youth may also play doubles. Please click on the following link for all relative tournament information and to obtain an entry form:

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Pictured below from last year’s tournament are youth and adults in action plus Men’s B Doubles Division winners accepting their awards. To view pictures and results from previous tournaments click on Tennis Tournament under Youth Service Projects on the Home Page of this site.2016-07-OptimistTennisMason22016-07-OptimistTennisWisserJared2016-07-OptimistTennisLinkeJoshRayRandy2

 

 

Rocket Day

On May 26th the Harper Creek Optimist Club again sponsored Rocket Day. Our club extents a special thanks to long-time “Rocket Chairperson” Dick Wagner and Rich Peternel for making this another successful club program for the youth of our community. We also thank club member Mike Rio and his students for the excellent video production of the event. Please check it out…..

The participating students were very appreciative of our support.2017-05-OptimistRockets

 

 

Student of the Month

Our club’s general meeting at Moonraker West on April 27th honored Harper Creek High School Students of the Month. The meeting was brought to order by club President Dustin King; the students and their accompanying family members were greeted. Harper Creek High School Principal Dennis Anthony introduced the honored students and each gave a brief talk about their high school involvements and future academic plans. Students of the Month are selected monthly from the senior class by Harper Creek High School teachers relative to their superior academics and extra-curricular activities. One student is chosen for each of the 10 school calendar months, but due to the busy upcoming end of the school year, the May and June honored students have been designated in advance. A meal was provided by our club for the students and their families. The meeting adjourned with a group reciting of the Optimist International Pledge.

Pictured below (L-R) are Students of the Month holding the plaque our club issues designating their selected month of recognition: Emily Vahs, March 2017; Marissa Wilkerson, May 2017; Katie Wade, June 2017; Paige Dredge, April 2017 and Hannah Berning, February 2017.2017-04-OptimistStudentOf Month

The February Student of the Month, Hannah Berning, was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Gary and Laurie Berning.2017-04-OptimistStudentOf MonthBerning

The March Student of the Month, Emily Vahs, was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Doug and Anna Vahs.2017-04-OptimistStudentOf MonthVahs

The April Student of the Month, Paige Dredge, was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Dan and Brenda Dredge.2017-04-OptimistStudentOf MonthDredge

The May Student of the Month, Marissa Wilkerson, was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Michael and Jennifer Wilkerson.2017-04-OptimistStudentOf MonthWilkerson

The June Student of the Month, Katie Wade, was accompanied to the meeting by her parents Bob and Lynette Wade.2017-04-OptimistStudentOf MonthWade

 

Oratorical Contest Results

The Harper Creek Optimist Club hosted the Optimist International Oratorical Contest at the Harper Creek High School library on April 20th. This was the first time in a number of years that our club hosted the event and six local students participated. The club chairperson for the event was Stacey DeMoss. Judges for the contest were Hilary Anthony, Bruce Skaggs and Rita Wooten. The time keeper was club member Joe Sobieralski.

The topic for this year’s speech was “What the World Gains from Optimism”. Each speech based on the topic was to be at least 4 minutes in length, but not more than 5 minutes without being penalized. Winning the contest and receiving a check for $300 from the Harper Creek Optimist Club was Harper Creek High School Freshman, Alara Longnecker. Placing in second place and receiving $200 was Lakeview High School Senior, James George. The third place finisher and receiving a check for $100 was Harper Creek High School Freshman, Allison Graham. Receiving $50 participation awards granted by the Harper Creek Optimist Club were Danieolle Stewart, Brendan Peck and Julian Warner. Alara will move on to the District level contest on May 20th and have a chance to win a $2,500 Scholarship.

Pictured below (L-R) holding their participation certificates and club awarded checks are winning speaker Alara Longnecker, third place finisher Allison Graham and runner-up James George.2017-04-OptimistOratoricalWinners

Judges for the event seated (L-R) are Bruce Skaggs, Rita Wooten and Hilary Anthony. Standing behind them is the Harper Creek Optimist Club chairperson for the event, Stacey DeMoss.2017-04-OptimistOratoricalJudges

To view a video presentation of the Harper Creek Optimist Oratorical Contest click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsbXNlzCiCw&feature=youtu.be  or to view a video presentation of the complete event:

 

 

Oratorical Contest

The Harper Creek Optimist Club will host the Optimist International Oratorical Contest at the club level on April 20. The event will be held at the Harper Creek High School library.  This is the first time in a number of years that our club has hosted the event and we express a special thanks to new club member Stacey DeMoss for chairing the project.

The topic for this year’s speech is “What the World Gains from Optimism”. The contest is limited to 20 contestants and there are still a few openings available. Contestants must not be older than 18 years of age during the Optimist calendar year, which ends Sept 30. The speech should be between 4 and 5 minutes and for more information on the specific details of the speech and judging criteria, please download the entry form: Optimist International Oratorical Application 2017 The sponsoring Optimist Club is Battle Creek Harper Creek Optimist Club and our club number is 17200.

The deadline to enter your application is April 17th. A copy of the speech and a birth certificate will only be necessary for our club winner and may be provided after the contest results. The downloaded application form may be emailed to demosss@harpercreek.net or presented to Stacey DeMoss at Harper Creek High School. Our club will be issuing a monetary prize of $300 for the winner, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. At the District level (May 20th) our club level winner will have a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship.