ALAMOSA — The Optimist Club of Alamosa is encouraging area students to write an essay on this year’s topic: “How Dreams Lead to Success.”
Students under the age of 19 as of 12/31/13 and who are high school students or equivalent may submit their 700-800 word essays by January 17, 2014 to project chair Allyn Lewis.
The top three entries receive medals, cash awards, and local recognition. 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 2014. The topic is: “How My Passions Impact the World. “ Contestants with the same age requirements must prepare a written 4-5 minute speech and then present in front of other participants and several judges. The top three entries receive similar awards. 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 opinions regarding the world in which they live, 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 assists 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 and Alamosa Elementary School Student Appreciation.
Call Allyn Lewis at 589-4733 for details, rules, and applications or see optimist.org.