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Essay Contest

Essay Contest

2020-21 Essay Contest Topic: "Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism"

Club Winning Essays Due Date to District: Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021

Chairperson:  Lana Urban
                        1717 Eastridge Ave
                         Seward NE 68434

Contest Application:

Club Contest Planning Guide:

Nebraska District Optimist Essay Contest Flyer

Eligibility Update:  Contestants who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent and are under 19 as of October 1, 2020.  Interested students submit their essay on the topic to their local optimist clubs. 

Sponsoring:   The district winner is sponsored by a club. The Essay Contest scholarship is sponsored by Optimist International Foundation to give youth the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. 

Requirements:  Essays need to be between 700 - 800 words.  (Applications with contest rules must be submitted to your local club)

Schedule:  All Club-level contests are held by early February and submitted to the District Chair by Feb. 28, 2021.

District Deadline:  District winner will be submitted to Optimist International by April 15, 2021


Past Nebraska District Optimist Essay Contest Winners

1st Place Winner Receives $2,500 Scholarship

2020 1st Place Winning Essay - by Madalyn Lobmeyer, sponsored by the Seward Optimist Club

2020 2nd Place Winning Essay - by Maddox Weckerle-Dietz, sponsored by the Norfolk Noon Optimist Club

2020 3rd Place Winning Essay - by Cade Suing, sponsored by the Gretna Optimist Club


Take a look at the 2018-2019 Winning Essay   [ Click Here ]

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