Sunday April 3, 2011


Optimistic Writers

Chilliwack Optimist Club rewards star student essay writers

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Glenda Standeven (L) and Optimist Club essayists Saturday at Dakota's Restaurant.


he Chilliwack Optimists Club had lunch at Dakotas Restaurant on Saturday and handed out awards to the winners of their student essay contest.

The Optimists held the annual writing competition and asked students at three Chilliwack schools and one Vernon school to submit on the topic of How My Education Is Key To A Successful Future.

Contest Chairperson, Glenda Standeven, wrote in a press release that it was a difficult choice for them to make.

"It was a very interesting topic and the judges had a tough time picking a winner because the entries were excellent." she said.

The first place winner was Sardis Senior Secondary School student Elizabeth Ogunrinola who's essay now moves on to the second level of competitions and a chance to win a $2500 scholarship.

"I believe Chilliwack Secondary School has had two or three scholarship winners in the past," says Standeven, "but this is our first entry from Sardis and it would be nice to see Elizabeth win the District Essay Contest."

Second and third place winners, Cody Moore and Thomas Davies respectively, both came from Chilliwack Secondary School's Advanced English Class under the tutelage of Muriel Morris.

"Ms. Morris really encourages her students to participate in the event and they always do well" said Standeven.

The trio received cash awards, medallions and certificates for their work.

There was also an entry from a student in Vernon this year because Chilliwack Optimist Club was the nearest Club holding a contest.

"It's recognition for a job well done. It's just amazing the effort that they put into these essays," said Standeven.

"Your essay was amazing and we'll all get to hear it later," said Standeven as she presented Davies his bronze medallion, a $25 prize, certificate of appreciation.

"Cody did an amazing job," she said of the young Moore who won second place in his first try as an essay writer. "I'm really happy to present you with your certificate and silver medallion which I hope you'll wear proudly or at least hang in your bedroom in a significant spot.

Standeven said that Ogunrinola's first place entry was a first from Sardis Secondary School.

"This is quite an honour on many levels Elizabeth and we wish you well in your career that you've chosen to be a doctor," said Standeven to a round of applause from Optimist members at Dakotas.

"I'm please to present you with cheque for $100 just so that you can have some fun."

Davies told The Voice that he wrote about his experiences in the Shad Valley Program last summer and how that sort of all ties in with education and I'm just really happy that this went well for me.

The contest is open to all students under the age of 19 as of December 31st, of the school year.

Join the Optimist Club online in Facebook here. For more information on the Optimist Club visit their website here.

The Optimist Club meets on the 1st Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and 3rd Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at the Cheam Lions Hall, 45580 Spadina Ave., Chilliwack BC.

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