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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Optimist Essays published in Albany newspaper

High Five to the Optimist Club of Albany, Oregon for striking a deal with the Democrat Herald to get the top three essays from the Optimist Club Essay Contest published in the local newspaper and online for all to see. It really is a great prize for the winners to be able to see their work in print. But it also a great way to put positive news forward in your community. So far the first and second place award winners have made the paper. Click on the links to read the full essays:

The Power of Youth - 1st Place by Kristen Bergey "Travel, Work Shape Outlook"

The Power of Youth - 2nd Place by Taylor Trout "Ability to Work is the Power of Youth"

The Optimist International Essay Contest began in 1983 as a way for students to express themselves around a central theme or topic. In addition to developing their writing skills, students have the opportunity to win college scholarships ranging from $650 to $6,000. All contests must begin at the club level. There are more than 3,000 Optimist Clubs around the world. You can find the club nearest you by clicking on the Optimist Club directory or visiting www.optimist.org.

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