Jack Neihouse, of Meridian High School, recently won the Fairbury Optimist Club’s essay contest based on a theme of “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.”
Neihouse was awarded $150 and a gold medallion for the honor. In addition, the essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in the district.College scholarships up to $2,500 are available for top winners at the district level.
“Neihouse did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme. He expressed himself well through the essay and deserved the honor of first place,” Club President Diane Schutt said.
Julie Johnson of Thayer Central High School was named 2nd place and awarded $75 and a silver medallion. Mary Lawrence of Fairbury High School placed 3rd and received a bronze medallion. MicKael Halverstadt of Thayer Central High School was named Honorable Mention. All four finalists were invited to read their essays during the club’s annual Mid-Winter Social.
The Optimist Club of Fairbury has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for many years and has been active in the community since 1954. Other programs and service projects that theClub is involved in include the annual Oratorical contest; Punt, Pass and Kick; Pitch, Hit and Run; and Youth T-Ball to name a few.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the Mission Statement “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves” Optimists conduct positiveservice projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371–6000 or visit the organization’s website atwww.optimist.org.