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Optimist Club has student essay contest


The Optimist Club of Las Cruces is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2021-22 school year.

The Optimist Club will judge local students’ essays, based on that theme and determine local winners. Entrants will compete for prizes and, winning entries will be submitted to the district level, where college scholarships are available to top finishers.

The deadline to submit an essay is Feb. 5, 2022. The word limit is 700-800 words.

Find the essay contest application form at https://optimist.org/Forms/21-22_Essay_Application.pdf.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Optimist Club of Las Cruces President Len Hampton said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”

The Optimist Club of Las Cruces has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for 20 years and has been active in the community since 1961. Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include Boys and Girls Club, Ronald McDonald House and The Mayor’s Top Teens, and it has sponsored the Bob Ogas All-Star Baseball Series (North-South) in Las Cruces for the past 44 years.

 Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting Warren Noland at aggieshepherd@gmail.com or Len Hampton at mixedcompany2@hotmail.com.

 Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations, with 80,000 adult and youth members in 2,500 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Friend of Youth,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than 6 million young people each year. 

Visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.

Optimist Club of Las Cruces