Senoia Optimist Club announces Essay Contest Winners

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Pictured above: Senoia Optimist Club’s Essay Chair, Jean Cotton (far left) is shown with this year’s top essay contestants (L-R) Hudson Sopp, 2nd place; Corinne Terrell, 1st place, and Lila McDowell, 3rd place. These students all attend Madras Middle School.

From Senoia Optimist Club Press Release

Each year Optimist International sponsors several scholarship contest opportunities for children and youth worldwide. The Senoia Optimist Club offers two of these contests to schools and students in the eastern half of Coweta County. This year’s Essay Contest was announced in November of 2021, schools were notified, and the winners were announced at the end of January 2022.

This year’s topic was “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” Essays were to be between 700 and 800 words in length. Writers could express their own opinions; include facts, examples, and statistics; and were expected to correctly document any material or quotations that were not original. Following directions, even down to correctly completing the application and title page, were very important in the scoring process. A panel of three judges worked for two weeks evaluating the twenty entries.

Senoia Optimist Contest Chair Jean Cotton visited Madras Middle School, Coweta County, in early February to award gold, silver, and bronze medallions and Certificates of Participation to the top three winners. Placing third was Lila McDowell, second prize went to Hudson Sopp, and first place awards were presented to Corinne Terrell. All three writers are 8th grade students of Language Arts teacher Ms. Angela Rembert. Corinne Terrell’s winning essay was forwarded to the next round of competition at District Level, and results are still pending. District first prize is a $2,500.00 college scholarship, administered by Optimist International.

Because of COVID restrictions, all other students entering the Essay Contest were prevented from receiving their Certificates of Participation in person. Senoia Optimists appreciate their schools’ support and the effort that goes into preparing a formal essay for judging.

The following students, also 8th graders at Madras Middle School, received congratulations and certificates: Anderson Glass, Kaitlin Lange, Shiv Patel, Aimua Korli, Rudii Smith, Jet Clark, Nadia Lourdes Villela, Ella Morris, Zaden Jessup, Ella Morris, Harper Agee, Rhea Patel, Cole Hayes, Marlee Davis, Jace Wiley, Cooper Perkins, and Tanner Clark.

Caroline Hubbard of Senoia also received a Certificate of Participation. She attends Starr’s Mill High School.

Parents interested in college scholarship opportunities for their students can access https://optimist.org/member/scholarships1.cfm online for information on next year’s contests.

If you would like to learn how you can help with a service project sponsored by the Senoia Optimist Club that serves the area youth or the community, please email the club at [email protected]. or visit its Facebook page (“Senoia Optimist Club”).

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