Optimist International Essay Contest

The topic for the 2018-19 Optimist International Essay Contest is “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” Our club’s deadline for the event is February 15th. The essays will be judged anonymously by three club members and winners will be will present their essays to our club and collect their winnings on February 21st during our club's weekly meeting. The contest is open to all local youth. Please submit your essay and entry form thru one of the following options: via email to camod@comcast.net , in hard copy to 4275 Capital Avenue SW (an Optometry office) Battle Creek, 49015 or submit to Harper Creek Counselor, Stacey DeMoss at the Harper Creek High School. The downloadable entry form is a .pdf file fill-in form. The Sponsoring Optimist Club Name is Harper Creek Optimist Club and The Sponsoring Optimist Club Number is 17200. Please direct questions to 269-979-1561 and ask for Dr. Miller or contact Stacey DeMoss at Harper Creek High School. For specific information and an official entry form, open the following link: 

Essay Contest 2018

Sophia Weller was the winner of this year’s annual Harper Creek Optimist Club Essay Contest and was awarded with a $300 check for her accomplishments. On Thursday evening, February 22nd, she along with the second place finisher Devin Whitlock ($200 award) and third place finisher Andrew Irons ($100 award) read their essays to the club. The students were accompanied to the meeting by their family and meals were provided by our club. This year’s topic was “Can Society Function without Respect?” Nineteen essays were turned in by the deadline and the difficult job of judging all the essays was completed by club members Dr. Craig Miller, Al Miller and John Peruzze. Sophia’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. To read these top three essays, click on the downloads below. 

2018 Optimist Essay - Weller (pdf)


2018 Optimist Essay - Whitlock (pdf)


2018 Optimist Essay - Irons (pdf)