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Optimist Oratorical Contest, Fairbury NebraskaOptimist Essay Contest

The Fairbury Optimist Club is giving students an opportunity to earn money for college with their 2017-18 essay contest.

This contest is open to students from Deshler, Diller-Odell, Fairbury, Meridian, Thayer Central and Tri County who are under the age of 18 as of Oct. 1, 2017. The first place winner will receive $150, with the runner up receiving $75. The winning essays will go on to the district level where there are more opportunities for college scholarships.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President Diane Schutt said. “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.”

Students who are interested need to write a 700-800 word essay examining the question, “Can Society Function Without Respect?” Shaun Friedrichsen, Co-organizer of the Fairbury Optimist Essay Contest, explained that this is a great chance for students who want to pursue higher education.

“A lot of times our society focuses on sports and activities. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it puts some students who may not have those skills at a disadvantage. There needs to be a balance, which is why, in addition to the athletic events we sponsor, we have continued to offer this and the oratorical contest to give more students the chance to shine. There are many academically talented students in the region, and this is a great way to showcase their talents. We encourage students to take part in this contest that can provide some funds for college.

Friedrichsen hopes that students will take the opportunity to participate in this long-standing contest. He explained that the Fairbury Optimist Club had a record-setting turnout for essays last year, and he would like to see that number continue to grow.

“The Optimist Essay Contest is something that is important to me because I participated in it when I was in high school,” said Friedrichsen. “I know that taking on another essay can be a daunting task on top of homework and other activities, but believe me, it is worth it. This is a great way to let your voice be heard, plus it gives you great experience for college. Last year we had nearly 20 essays, which is outstanding. We would love to see more students submit essays this year.”

More details about the contest can be found on the application form, Click Here for downloadable PDF.

Essays must be sent to the following address by Jan. 12, 2017:
Diane Schutt, Fairbury Optimist Club President
700 11th Street
Fairbury, NE 68352

If anyone has questions, they can contact Shaun Friedrichsen at 402-587-2196 or email him at shaunfriedrichsen@gmail.com.
 
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