Essay Contest

2015 Essay Contest Winners

Event details

  • Friday | February 1, 2019
  • All Day

The 2018 annual club Essay Contest on the topic “Can Society Function Without Respect” was a close competition.  Students entering the contest prepare a written essay between 700 to 800 words on the topic provided and are scored based on Material Organization, Creativity, Vocabulary & Style, Neatness, and Adherence to Contest Rules.  This year we congratulate Rohitha Punathil for achieving the highest score overall.  Rohitha will receive a $100 cash award from the Club and her essay has now been submitted to the District Level contest for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship. We wish her all the best.  Rohitha will be attending a club meeting at a future date to share with you her essay.  Thank you goes out to my elite team of judges, Marcia Hebbring, Chris O’Reilly, and Linda Zylka for taking the time out of their busy schedules for this event.  Any club members that would have an interest in taking this event over please contact Dawn Mariscal by email @ or by phone/text to (262)442-4952.  New energy and creative ideas are needed to raise the level of student participation.

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.

2018 Essay Contest Flyer


(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