2015 Dearborn Optimist Essay Contest Results

posted Feb 22, 2015, 8:19 AM by Dearborn Optimist
The first contest of the year is the annual essay contest.  The winning entry were presented at the meeting of Wednesday February 11th.  This years topic was "Optimism Should be a Priority"

Front Row L to R Valentine Vena, 2nd place and Ryan Teevens, 3rd place 
Back Row L to R Lori Divis, Essay Contest Chairwomen and Mrs. Campagnoli, Divine Child High School English Department Chair
Not pictured Brianna Roach, 1st place

The Dearborn Optimist received over 40 essay entry from Dearborn area youth under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from his school.  The Essay Contest is sponsored 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 young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship! 

The guidelines require that contestants be under age 19 have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. The top three Dearborn Optimist winners receive a cash award funded by the Dearborn Optimist and the first place winner Brianna Roach will advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.  Send an email to dearbornoptimsit@gmail.com to receive information about the 2016 Essay Contest. 

Posted below are videos of the 1st 2nd and 3rd place content essay entry.  

Brianna Roach Essay presented by Mrs. Campagnoli, Teacher First Place Essay Contest 2015 

Valentine Vena - Second Place Essay Contest 2015 

Ryan Teevens Third Place Essay Contest 2015