Sussex County Optimist Club to present essay awards Feb. 19

February 14, 2018

The Optimist Club of Sussex County recently sponsored the Optimist International Essay Contest for area students. All school districts in Sussex County were visited and given the information for their students; the essay topic was Can Society Function Without Respect? Students were invited to write a 700-800-word essay on this topic, and 57 entries were received and judged using a rubric provided by Optimist International.

The three winners have been notified and will read their essays at the club’s banquet Monday, Feb. 19, and learn of their awards. A $500 scholarship will be given for first place, $250 for second place, and $125 for third place. The first-place winner will move on to the district competition for an opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship.

In addition, first place will receive a gold Optimist International medallion, second place will receive a silver medallion, and third place will receive a bronze medallion. The parents/guardians of the winners as well as guidance counselors, teachers, and others will be in attendance with members of the Optimist Club. The dinner will take place at J.D. Shuckers in Georgetown at 5:30 p.m. followed by the students’ essay readings.

For more information about the Optimist Club of Sussex County, contact Connie and Tom Sohnleitner at or 717-676-9030.