Essay contest for area youth conducted by Senoia Optimist Club


Pictured above (left to right) –  Mrs. Jean Cotton, Senoia Optimist Club’s Contest Chair; James Haberman; Calleigh Lamb; and East Coweta Middle School Principal Dr. Jeannette Hallam.  Not pictured: Ellie Bauman, Haley Foust, Allen Goodman, and Hanna Monnin.

From Special Reports

The annual Essay Contest is one of three opportunities middle and high school students have each year to win scholarship funds sponsored by Optimist International.  Schools in Coweta County received information about the contest in November, and the contest deadline was the first of February 2021.

This year’s Essay Contest topic was “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”  The general rules required students to write between 700 and 800 words on this topic, including their own thoughts, explanations, examples, research, and documentation.  Sixteen students entered the contest this year, and their papers were evaluated by three separate judges.  All entrants received Certificates of Participation.

First place gold-medal winner in the contest was Caroline Brown, an eighth-grade student at Madras Middle School.  Caroline’s essay was forwarded to the next round District-level contest, and the results of that contest will be determined at the end of April .  The second-place silver medal was awarded to Kayden Crossway, and the third place bronze went to Molly Margaret Kanner – both eighth graders at Madras.

Other participants from Madras Middle School include Andrew Becker, Issac Cisneros, Lucas Gaysowski, James Martin, Lily Polk, Thompson Warren, and Alexis Wingenbach – all eighth grade students of Ms. Angela Rembert.

Six students from East Coweta Middle School also participated in the Essay Contest, supported by their language arts teacher Ms. Amanda Knopp.  Those students were Ellie Bauman, Haley Foust, Allen Goodman, James Haberman, Calleigh Lamb, and Hanna Monnin.

Pictured above (left to right) – Madras Middle School students Issac Cisneros, Thompson Warren, Alexis Wingenbach, Lily Polk, Molly Margaret Kanner, Kayden Crossway, Caroline Brown, and Mrs. Jean Cotton, Senoia Optimist Club’s Contest Chair.  Those not pictured: James Martin, Andrew Becker, and Lucas Gaysowski.

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