Optimist Essay Contest open through February 1

The annual Optimist Essay Contest is open to interested participants, who will be competing for a $2,500 scholarship. This contest is sponsored by the Plainfield Optimist Club, on behalf of Optimist International, an international service club in more than 20 countries.

"The contest is a wonderful opportunity to formulate opinions, support them and convey them through their writing," said Optimist Club Sponsor Jamie Treash. "An added bonus is that the winners can earn scholarship money."

The 2024 essay prompt is "Optimism: How it Connects Us," which allows anyone under the age of 19 – as of October 1 – to write about the impact of optimism and the way it forms connections. All entries are due to Treash in E108 by February 1.

This contest is one thing that shows the importance of writing, encouraging young adults to showcase their skills. "Writing is an art that needs to be practiced to convey oneself to others," said Treash. "Throughout life, people need to be able to communicate their thoughts through their writing because they will need to do so in many different areas of their lives."

Story by Tiba Altower