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Optimist Essay Winners


Essay Contest


The topic for the 2017-18 Optimist Essay Contest is:


 “Can Society Function Without Respect?


The Optimist International Essay Contest was first sponsored in 1983. Club winners advance to the District contest. Essays must contain at least 700 words but no more than 800 words. The contest is open to students under age 18 as of 10/1/2017 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. Students must enter in the District in which they reside. The District Winner is awarded a $2,500 scholarship, furnished by the Optimist International Foundation. All Club winning Essays are due to the District Chair by February 28, 2018. Individual Club deadlines vary, however, most Club deadlines are on or about January 31, 2018.

To enter the contest, please complete and submit the following application to the District Essay Contest Chair who will assign you to a Club Contest near your community.


Application for 2017-2018 Optimist International Essay Contest



The Optimist Club of Littleton is participating in the Optimist International Essay Contest for the school year 2017-2018. The Essay Contest is sponsored annually by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a student’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship. Their participation in our Essay Contest can also be a positive accomplishment to include in their applications for college enrollment and other scholarships.

The topic for the Essay Contest for the 2017-2018 is “Can Society Function Without Respect?” The guidelines require that the contestants be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017, attending school in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The Optimist Club of Littleton will again award cash prizes and medallions for the top entries at our level. Essays should be submitted CO 80120.

The deadline for receiving essays will be February 12, 2018. Application information is available at www.optimistinternational.org.  Information will also be regularly provided to staff and teachers in LPS as the school year progresses.

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