VALLEY — The Optimist Club of Alamosa is encouraging area students to write an essay on this year’s topic: “How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value?”
Students under the age of 19 as of 12/31/12 may submit their 700-800 word essays by January 18, 2013 to project chair Allyn Lewis.
The top three entries receive medals and cash awards. The first place essay will be sent to the district level to compete for a $2500 college scholarship.
The club is also holding an Oratorical Contest in February/March 2013. The topic is: “Why My Voice Is Important! “
Contestants under the age of 19 must prepare a written 4-5 minute piece and then present in front of other participants and several judges. The top three entries receive cash awards and medals. The winner advances to the zone, and possibly the district level in an attempt to win a $2500 college scholarship.
Application forms and additional information are being sent to all SLV school districts.
Club members want students to share their ideas of the world, and it is their goal to do what they can to bring out the best in them. This club has been active in the community since 1991. Adams State University teachers assist with this endeavor by providing advanced students as judges.
Other programs and service projects include: Avenue of Flags and Magic Show fund raising projects, Tri-Star Basketball competition, Youth Eyeglass Outreach, Christmas Project, Alamosa Elementary School Student Appreciation, and various donations to valley youth.
Call Allyn Lewis at 589-4733 for details, rules, and applications. Information and entry forms are also available on the Optimist International website “optimist.org.”