Essays are being accepted for the 2019-20 Club Level essay contest.  The contest is open to students under age 19 as of Oct. 1, 2019 who are not enrolled as a degree seeking student of a post-secondary institution. This contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people their own views around a central idea.  

​Topic: "Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?"

​Judging Deadlines: The deadline for students to submit essays is Feb. 15, 2020.  Essay and application must be emailed to rollaoptimistessay@gmail.com.  Only electronic essay attachments will be accepted. The winning essay will be identified no later than Feb. 28.  First- through third-place finishers will be recognized at an Optimist Club of Rolla meeting in March. Essay’s must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.

​Prizes:  The Optimist Club will award $75 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place.  Medallions will also be awarded to first- through third-place finishers.  All participants shall receive a lapel pin.  The winning essay will be forwarded to the East Missouri District, Optimist International, and compete for a plaque and a $2,500 college scholarship.

2019-20 Optimist Essay Contest Official Rules

​Each contestant must be given a copy of the rules and must complete the entry form.  The rules contain information about the contest, judging and awards.

​Application for 2019-20 Optimist International Essay Contest

http://rollaoptimist.wixsite.com/optimist/essay-contest

​Official Rules are included with the application.  Please ensure you have read and understand the General Rules, Qualifications for Contestants, Contest Rules, Judging and Timing, Scoring, Penalties and Awards.

​The deadline for students to submit essays is Feb. 15, 2020.  Essay and application must be emailed to rollaoptimistessay@gmail.com.  Only electronic essay attachments will be accepted. Your essay must be in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.

​For assistance contact Rolla Optimist Essay Contest Chairperson Rob Barth or Jenny Adams at  rollaoptimistessay@gmail.com.