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Local Optimist Club to sponsor essay contest for students

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By The Staff

The Shelby County Optimist Club is encouraging area students to expound on the phrase "Today's Choices Shape My Future" as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2008.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students' essays, based on the theme of "Today's Choices Shape My Future," and determine the top winners. Winners will receive awards and the winning essays will be sent to the district level. Essays will be judged at the district level and each district will sent top entries to the international level. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district and international levels. There is no fee to participate. Essays are to be 400-500 words in length and the format is very specific, so please contact Lise Sageser at 834-7868 for an official application form prior to beginning the composition of an essay. Deadline for submission will be January 15, 2008.

Students under the age of 19 as of December 31 of the current school years are eligible to participate. There is no minimum age. Students wishing to participate in the Essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Lise Sageser, Contest Chairperson at 834-7868 or Jean Glore, Club President at 738-5506.