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April 23, 2013 > Helping friends realize their value

Helping friends realize their value

Submitted By Denise Fullerton

At the April 10 morning meeting of the Newark Optimist Club held at the Newark IHOP Restaurant, members welcomed winners of their 2012 - 2013 Essay Contest. The topic was, "How Can I Help My Friends Realize their Value?" Students read their essays, received a monetary award, and an Official Optimist International Medallion; they then told members of their plans for the future.

The audience was impressed by the insight and maturity of the essayists. Winners of this year's contest are:
1st Place: Rishab Ramapriyan, Ardenwood Challenger School, Newark
2nd Place: Ann Nguyen, Logan High School, Union City
3rd Place: Kelsey Ichikawa, Irvington High School, Fremont

The essay of First Place winner, Rishab, has been sent to the Pacific Central District, Optimist International Essay Contest; the winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.

The Motto of Optimist International is, "Friend of Youth," and its goal is "To Bring out the Best in Youth." To find out more about an Optimist Club near you, please go to: and click on visitor.

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