Chehalis-Centralia Optimist Club

Optimist Clubs are dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids" and do their part through community service projects. 

Friday, May 1, 2015
2015's Essay Contest Winner: 
Emma and Teri went to Centralia High School to present Amanda Rueda 
with the first-place award in our essay contest. Congrats Amanda

March 16, 2015  



The Shelby Optimist Club concluded their participation in this year's Optimist International's annual essay contest, with the reading of the top three essays, at a luncheon meeting, March 6, at the Senior Center in Shelby.

The winner of this year's contest was Jennifer Allen of Crest High School, who was awarded $200 and a gold medallion. Second place went to Michael Rehnberg, Shelby High, who was awarded $100 and a silver; and third place went to Bailey Cantrell, Burns High, who was awarded $50 and a bronze medallion.

Entries in this year's contest came from Burns, Crest and Shelby. The contest was open to students under the age of 19, as of Dec. 31, 2014.

There was a blind judging, using only numbers for the essays. Judges were Jackie Bridges, senior reporter; Alan Ford, sports editor; and Joyce Orlando, public safety reporter; all from The Star .

The subject of this year's essay was "Optimism Should be a Priority."

Allen's essay will be sent to the Western District of North Carolina competition, where the winner will be presented with a plaque and a $2,500 scholarship.

Scholarship ContestsThe Pacific Northwest District participates in the Optimist International scholarship contests. Participants have the opportunity to earn a $2,500 scholarship in each contest funded by the Optimist International Foundation.

Scholarship contest topics are generally released in late July for the coming school year. They are published here when available.

All contests begin at the club level. Students, please locate a club using the directory to the left of this page. Find out more about the contests from Optimist International.

The Optimist International Essay Contest takes place between September and February.  The official topic for 2015-16 is "Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction." Download the entry form. 

Emma Ball, Chair, Optimist International Essay Contest
Phone:360.669.3386.

Optimist Club of Chehalis-Centralia, WA
The Optimist International Oratorical Contest takes place between January and May. The official topic for 2015-16 is "How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others." Download the entry form. 
Optimist International has partnered with St. Louis University to expand the Oratorical Contest in 2016. District winners will compete on an international stage where they have the opportunity to win up to $22,000 in scholarship money.

Dick Disney, Chair, Optimist International Oratorical Contest
Phone: 253.564.8119
Optimist Club of West Tacoma, WA
The Optimist International Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CCDHH) takes place between January and May. The official topic for 2016-16 is "How My Best Brings Out the Best in Others."  Download the entry form.


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