Optimist Club announces essay contest


The Optimist Club of Fredericksburg and Optimist International will again sponsor an essay contest, and area students are invited to participate.

All students in public, private and parochial schools and those who are home schooled are invited to enter.

The essay contest is provided to give young people the opportunity to write their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’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, said Billy Pahl, spokesman.

General rules

The contest is open to students under age 19 as of Oct. 1, 2019. No student who has previously won a District Optimist Essay contest scholarship will be eligible to compete at any level again.

Contestants must compose an original essay between 700-800 words with limited guidance from others. Webster’s dictionary defines an essay as an analytic or interpretative literary composition. Works of fiction or poetry will not be accepted.

The topic for this contest is: “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” (“iMagine” represents the organization’s theme for 2019-2020 and is written as shown for branding purposes.)

Local Optimist Club members will judge the students’ essays. Three club winners will be selected and each will receive a monetary award as well as a medallion.

Club winners advance to the district contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. Scholarships awarded are for use at a college, university or trade school.

District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

Entry deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020.

Contest details, materials, official contest rules, and entry forms can be obtained by contacting Billy Pahl, at 830-456-1188 or pahlbp@austin.rr.com.
More information can be obtained at www.optimist.org under Programs.