Farmington Junior Optimists win national video competition

Junior Optimists from the Farmington STEAM Academy (FSA) won the National Junior Optimist Video Contest with the theme “Living the Creed.”

The Club won a $1,500 club grant. The Junior Optimist Club must use the funds for a club project that benefits youth in the community.

The 2017-2018 Farmington STEAM Academy Junior Optimist Club
The 2017-2018 Farmington STEAM Academy Junior Optimist Club. (Farmington Public Schools)

The video was written and produced by students in grades 2-7 at the Farmington Hills school. Submissions to the contest had to be three minutes or less and illustrate the topics in the Optimist Creed:

  • To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
  • To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet.
  • To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
  • To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
  • To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
  • To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
  • To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
  • To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
  • To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
  • To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Entries were judged on original content, creativity, composition, story quality, and the extent to which the topic question was answered. Five finalists were chosen by a panel involving members of the Optimist International Marketing & Communications Committee and Optimist International staff.

Once the five finalists were chosen, the winner was chosen online, by popular vote. All Reel Optimism video submissions will be shown at the 2018 Optimist International Convention in Ottawa, Canada.