Essay Contest


The UA Optimist Club annual Essay Contest offers $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd. The winning essay will compete for a $2,500 scholarship in the Ohio contest.

The 2019 topic is "When All the World's Problems are Solved, Is Optimism Still Necessary?"
Contest rules: http://optimist.org/e/member/scholarships3.cfm

Submit your 700-800 word essay to dtarr@uaschools.org no later than February 12, 2019

2018 Winners - AInsley Young, UAHS and Summer Powell, Hastings MS

2017 Winners - Drew Mayerson, UAHS and Defne Ceyhan, Hastings MS 

2016 Winner - Nicholas Amore, UAHS 

2015 Winner -
Madeline Fleming, UAHS

2014 Winners - Katherine Baldwin, UAHS; Joshua Mudrick, Jones MS

2012 Winners - Chiara Paradiso, UAHS; Jenny Jiao, Hastings MS

2011 Winners - Erin O'Brien, UAHS; Jasmine Toorchen, Hastings MS

2010 Winners - Madina Kurmasheva, UAHS; Charles Pei, Hastings MS




Above:  2011 Essay Contest Participants - Mitch White, Parker Schwartz, Erin O'Brien