Farmington area students invited to enter Optimist contest

Press release

The Optimist Club of Farmington/Farmington Hills is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase “Can Society Function Without Respect?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Optimist Club will judge the local essays and determine winners, who will each receive awards. The top essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” club president Barrie Armstrong said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”

The Optimist Club of Farmington/Farmington Hills has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for many years and has been active in the community since 1983. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include Oratorical Contest, Leadership Award, Respect for Law and Fire, Veterans Breakfast, PTA Dinner, Principals Breakfast, Jr. Optimist Clubs.

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more and download an application form at, or may contact Anna Durham at or 248-892-2919. The deadline to enter is Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.

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