Ohio District of Optimist International Essay Contest
Topic for the 2017-2018 School Year is:
“Can Society Function Without Respect?”
This contest requires students under 18 as of October 1, 2017 and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean to compose a 700 to 800 word essay around a central idea. The contest is designed to develop writing and critical thinking skills. One scholarship of $2,500 per District is awarded by Optimist International each year. Plus the Ohio District of Optimist International also awards a $1,000.00 scholarship.
For complete information on the Essay Contests, please go to www.optimist.org – click Members – scroll the first column and click Scholarship Contests. Then click on Essay Contest. You will find valuable information on this contest, including a Club Planning Guide.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Do not and I repeat DO NOT send a winning Essay to me that has been marked on by your club’s judges. If this happens, the entry will be returned to the club. You cannot expect the District judges to read and judge an entry that has markings on it from a previous judge. This is not fair to the student or the District judges.
Date and address you need to submit your Essay: Deadline to submit your winning essay, with all necessary paperwork, i.e. application form, copy of birth certificate, green card or passport, etc. is February 28th, 2018. This means that I must have it in my hands no later than February 28, 2018. Please send the Club winning Essay and the necessary paperwork thru the United States Postal Service mail, to Sharon O’Neil, 233 Broken Fence Drive, Medina, Ohio 44256.
PLESAE NOTE: The deadline listed in this letter is from Optimist International. If you need to change your meeting date to announce your winner, that is up to your club. We cannot change the date of February 28th, 2018. Once again, I must have all the necessary paperwork, i.e. application form, copy of birth certificate, green card or passport, etc. in my hands by February 28th, 2018.
If at all possible, please DO NOT e-mail your club’s winning Essay and the necessary paperwork to me. Last year, we allowed this, and some of paperwork was not legible and some was missing. If you must e-mail your club’s entry, it is your responsibility to make sure all information is legible.
One more item, please read the rules carefully and you must follow these rules as set forth by Optimist International. These are listed on the Essay Application form.
Remember……deadline to submit your Club’s winning Essay is February 28, 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact me.
Yours in the Spirit of Optimism,
Sharon M. O’Neil, 2017-2018 Ohio District Essay Chair
330-722-7071 or email@example.com
233 Broken Fence Drive
Medina, Ohi0 44256
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Optimist International Essay Contest
Topic for the 2017-18 School Year is:"Can Society Function Without Respect?"
Who: Youth under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 located in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean.
How To Enter: Interested students must contact their local Optimist Club. They need to submit an essay on the pre-assigned topic. To find out a contact, please e-mail the Programs Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Essay Contest planning pages are intended for use by Optimist Clubs in organizing and conducting a contest in their Club. They contain no information on entering the contest and are of no use to students wishing to enter the contest. Students must contact their local Optimist Club.
All Club-level contests are held by early February. Student submissions will not be accepted after the Club-level contests have closed. Please contact your District Chair for more information.
- Clubs and Districts
The deadline for Clubs to submit their winning essay to the District Chair is February 28, 2018. The deadline for Districts to submit their winner’s information to Optimist International is April 15, 2018.
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 the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 and attending school in the United States, Canada, or the Caribbean. Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.
Information for Optimist Members planning the contest:
All Members can now view and conveniently print planning pages for any International Program from your home computer. Click here to view the 2017-2018 Club Essay Contest planning pages. Click here to view the 2017-2018 District Essay Contest planning pages. To view the planning pages for any of the International Programs and Community Activities, please visit the Planning Guides page.
Essay Contest Package - A Program Package for the Essay Contest is available on the Package Programs page of the website. On that page, Clubs can find useful materials to help them get started with a new Essay Contest program.
Support merchandise for this program can be ordered through Shumsky for US and Caribbean Clubs and from Ansell's Awards and Specialties for Canadian Clubs. Contact information for both supply companies can be found here.
To enter, you must contact your local Optimist Club!
For additional information, please contact Optimist International Programs Department by e-mail at email@example.com, or call (800) 500-8130.
Certificates of Participation
If your Club or District is sponsoring a contest, certificates of participation can be presented to all contestants.
Certificate for Club level
Certificate for Region/Zone level
Certificate for District level
Publicize the Essay Contest
Optimist International has developed a series of news releases that Clubs and Districts can use in connection with their participation in international programs. Below are sample news releases that Clubs and Districts can use to promote their Essay Contests. Please note that the .doc version enables users to type their information into fields*, while the .pdf files are for viewing only.
Essay Contest - Prior to event (.doc)
Essay Contest - Prior to event (.pdf)
Essay Contest - After event (.doc)
Essay Contest - After event (.pdf)
District Essay Contest - After event (.doc)
District Essay Contest - After event (.pdf)