Essay Contest

2015 Essay Contest Winners

Event details

  • February 1, 2018
  • All Day

Topic for the 2017-18 School Year is: “Can Society Function Without Respect?”

The Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

Club winners advance to the District contest to compete for a $2,500 college scholarship. The District-level scholarships are funded by the Optimist International Foundations.

Who: Contest is open to any student attending school in Menomonee Falls and under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2017 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent. (no minimum age applies).

How To Enter: Prepare an essay 700-800 words (Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in the final word count.) Hyphenated words count as 1 word.

When: Submit essay along with contest application no later than February 1st, 2018 by email to Dawn Mariscal or mail to Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls – Dawn Mariscal to W141N6739 Memory Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.

All Club-level contest judged February 1st. Student submissions will not be accepted after the Club-level contests have closed. Essays will be judged by a local panel and a winner will be announced by February 20, 2018. Winning essay will then be submitted to the District-level competition for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship. Cash prizes will be awarded for the club contest based on a 1 out of 3 ratio.

2018 Essay Contest Flyer

For a 2018 Essay Contest Application with contest rules, please click here.

For more information or to receive contest materials, please contact Dawn Mariscal.


(above) The awards for the Menomonee Falls Optimist Clubs 2015 Annual Essay Contest were presented on April 29, 2015. The theme for 2015 “ Optimism Should Be A Priority”. Pictured (L-R) are Jerry Mislang, Optimist Club President, Maryellen Pawley, third place, Ritika Punathil, first place, McKenzie Wolfe, second place, and Dawn Mariscal, event chairperson. Photo by Don Gorzek.

Essay Contest Chair: Dawn Mariscal

Essay Contest Co-chairs: Chris O’Reilly and Marcia Hebbring