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April 29, 2014 > Optimists bring out best in area youth

Optimists bring out best in area youth

Submitted By Denise Fullerton

In two recent Optimist sponsored contests for youth, An Essay Contest and an Oratorical Contest, the Newark Optimist Club pursued its goal of bringing out the best in kids. Club members and guests who listened to the essayists and orators were amazed at the maturity, thoughtfulness and rich language used by these young scholars.

Students entering the Essay Contest wrote on the theme, ÒHow dreams lead to success.Ó The winning essayists and their parents were honored guests at an Essay Contest Awards Breakfast on April 9, at the Newark IHOP Restaurant. Each winner was awarded an official medallion and a cash prize, followed by recitation of their essay. The essays told of having a dream of hitting a game winning home run, encouraging more young women to enter the fields of science and technology, and how dreams can be a driving force, motivating us to do our best.

This yearÕs Essay Contest winners are:
1st Place - Sonia Sachar, Irvington High School
2nd Place - Brianna Gomez, Newark Memorial High School
3rd Place - Kelsey Ichikawa, Irvington High School

Ms. SacharÕs 1st place essay was sent to the District Essay Contest, the winner of which will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

Additionally, on April 5, two young Newark Optimist sponsored orators, Sonia Sachar and Micah Bloom participated in a Zone 2 Oratorical Contest, held at the Newark Library. The topic of their speeches was, ÒHow my dreams impact the world.Ó Micah will represent Zone 2 at the Optimist District Competition in Sacramento on May 4. The winner of that competition will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship.

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