Essay contest asks students to ponder respect

Originally published in The Vacaville Reporter on September 26, 2017

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This year the Optimist Club of Solano County is asking students, “Can society function without respect?” for its 2017-18 school year essay contest.

Essays must be at least 700 words but no more than 800 words.

They are due by Feb. 8.

To enter, submit an essay, contest application form and a copy of a birth certificate to club chair Loli Lonso. Call her at 631-2070 or email

Pick up an application by asking for Lonso at Solano Mortage, 866 Alamo Drive.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays and determine the top winners.

Winners will receive $100 and their 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,” said Christina Baird, club president, in a press release. “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 Solano County has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for 21 years and has been active in the community since 1996.

Optimist International has 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world.

Carrying the mission statement, “By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than 6 million young people each year.

To learn more about Optimist International, call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at

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