Essay Contest

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, 2016 and are interested in winning the local writing contest for $300 and potentially the District contest for $2,500, here’s your chance to step up. This year’s topic is “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”. You must adhere to the rules of the contest. For specific information and an official entry form, please download the entry form: Essay Entry Form  The contest is open to all local youth and the deadline to enter your essay for judging is Monday, February 22nd. Please submit your essay and entry form via email to or in hard copy to 4275 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek 49015 (an Optometry office). 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 from Dr. Miller. Our club did not participate in the contest last year, but please go to the above link: Youth Service Projects and click on Essay Contest to view information and read the winnings essays from 2014 and 2013.

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