Optimists honor winners of high school, middle school essay contest

The Optimist Club of Farmington/Farmington Hills recently honored winners of its annual essay contest, based on the theme “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”.

Optimist Club Essay Contest winners
Pictured from left: Back row-Ken Wasmer, Optimist Club President, Jack Sweeting; Front row-Rahimah Imam, Samarth Punjala, Jhanavi Bharathwaj, Preya Patel , Yash Mehta, George Heitsch, Superintendent of Farmington Public Schools and Optimist Club Member (contributed)

North Farmington High student Yah Mehta received a medal, certificate, and $125 for his first place essay in the high school contest. In addition, his essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in the district. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level.

Yash Mehta
Yash Mehta won 1st place in the High School Division. (contributed)

Other honorees included:

High School Contest – 2nd place – Rahimah Imam, Harrison High School, 3rd place – Jack Sweeting, Farmington High School; Middle School- 1st place – Jhanavi Bharathwaj, Power Middle School, 2nd place – Preya Patel, Farmington STEAM Academy, 3rd place – Smarath Punjala, Farmington STEAM Academy

“All of the winning students did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme. Yash Mehta expressed himself well through the essay and deserved the honor of first place,” Club President Ken Wasmer said.

The Optimist Club of Farmington/Farmington Hills has hosted a local Essay Contest for 15 years and has been active in the community since 1984. The Club’s programs and service projects also include Oratorical Contest, Leadership Awards, Project Fish, Junior Optimist Clubs, and Childhood Cancer Wellness Walk.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 80,000 adult and youth members in 2,500 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and throughout the world. The organization’s mission statement explains, “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities, and ourselves.”

Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about the Farmington/Farmington Hills Optimist Club visit f2h.optimists.org.