Students encouraged to enter Newark Optimist Club’s annual essay contest

All Tri-City-area students age 19 and younger are invited to enter the annual Newark Optimist Club Essay Contest. Contest entry is free, said Denise Fullerton, the club’s contest chairwoman.

This year’s contest topic is, “How Can I Help My Friends Realize their Value?”

The contest’s winner will be awarded a cash prize of $200, the second-place contestant will receive $125 and $75 will go to the student finishing third, Fullerton said. The first-place finisher will advance to the Optimist International’s Pacific Central District competition, where the winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.

The 2012 Newark Optimist Club winner, Ella Gunady, finished second in that regional competition, which includes contestants from Northern California, Northern Nevada and Utah.

Contest application forms can be found online at www.optimist.org. Completed essays can be submitted by emailing promsyrslf@sbcglobal.net, or by mailing an envelope to Newark Optimist Club, P.O. Box 402, Newark, CA 94560.

All essays must be received by Feb. 16. Winners will be announced Feb. 22.

For more information, call 510-793-6074.

Chris DeBenedetti

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