Optimist International Harper Creek Club

Optimist International Harper Creek Club

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Essay Contest 2020

Dear Youth Essayist,


The Harper Creek Optimist Club invites any and all students (under the age of 19 as of October 1, 2019) to apply to the Optimist International Essay Contest and win locally $300 and potentially a $2,500 college scholarship. The deadline for essay submission as stated on the post is February 14th. The essays will be judged and the top 3 writers accompanied with family members will read their winning essays to our club on February 20th and collect their monetary prize. The winning essay will then be entered into the District Contest.


The Essay Contest is sponsored to give youth 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. The topic this year is the following: "Is Optimism  the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?" 


Ideally, an English teacher could help promote this in this or her classroom. This is and has never been intended for a select few students, nor used as a classroom assignment. Teachers are encouraged to read through a student's essay prior to submission, pointing out areas that could be improved upon based on the official rules.


The application, official rules and entry details can be obtained by downloading the following PDF file. The Sponsoring Optimist Club Name: Harper Creek Optimist Club and the club number is 17200. Essays and entry forms may be submitted via email to harpercreekoptimistclub@gmail.com or in hard copy to 4275 Capital Avenue SW, Battle Creek 49015 (an Optometry office). Please direct questions to 269-979-1561 and ask for Dr. Miller or contact our club through the email previously noted. Have fun and good luck! 


2019-2020 Essay Application (pdf)

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Essay Contest 2019

Shelby Grable, a senior at Harper Creek High School 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, March 7th, the second place finisher Lauren Willerick, a freshman at Harper Creek High School ($200 award) and third place finisher Samuel Bussler, a senior at Harper Creek High School ($100 award) read their essays to the club. Shelby was unable to attend the ceremony due to a school conflict; her essay was presented to the club by the Essay Chairperson, Dr. Craig A. Miller. The students were accompanied to the meeting by their family and meals were provided by our club. This year’s topic was “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” All local High Schools were invited to enter contestants into the contest. Six essays were turned in by the deadline and the difficult job of judging the essays was completed by club members Dr. Craig Miller, Al Miller and John Peruzze. Shelby’s essay has been turned over to the Optimist District Contest where she will have a chance to win a $2,500 college scholarship. Click on the links below to read the student’s essays and the pictures for captions.

Shelby Grable Essay 2019 (pdf)

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Lauren Willerick Essay 2019 (pdf)

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Samuel Bussler Essay 2019 (pdf)

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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)

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2018 Optimist Essay - Whitlock (pdf)

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2018 Optimist Essay - Irons (pdf)

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