The Optimist Club of Sussex County is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2020-21 school year.
Contest information has been sent to all Sussex County high school guidance departments. Entry is open to students in Sussex County under the age of 19 as of Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.
The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays and determine the top three Sussex County winners. Winners will receive a medallion and monetary award, and the winning essay will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners. The deadline for entries is Monday, Nov. 16.
“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” said Catherine Hartman, club president. “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.”
The Optimist Club of Sussex County has been participating in the essay contest for three years and has been active in the community since 2017. Other programs and service projects the club is involved in include the oratorical contest, youth appreciation day and respect for law programs.