Essay Contest

Event details

  • Monday | February 1, 2021 to Tuesday | February 2, 2021
  • All Day

Topic for the 2020-21 school year is: “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

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 addition to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!

Essays will be judged by a local panel and a winner will be announced by February 20, 2020. Winning essay will then be submitted 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 19 as of October 1, 2020 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, 2021 by email to Dawn Mariscal or mail to Optimist Club of Menomonee Falls – Dawn Mariscal, W141N6739 Memory Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.


Congratulations to Madeline Row, our Essay Contest winner for 2020! Madeline scored the highest in our club’s annual essay contest and awarded a $100 cash award from the club for her achievement. Madeline’s essay on “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” has been sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs and compete for a $2,500 college scholarship.



Essay Contest Chair: Dawn Mariscal

Essay Contest Co-chairs: WendySue Fluegge and Jenn Dedrick