Essay Contest Winners

The Optimist Club of Van Wert announce the winners of its 2023 Optimist Essay Contest. The topic was, “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?” The local winners are Zoe Coleman, a junior at Van Wert High School – first place, Kelby Blythe, a junior at Van Wert – second place, and Emma Hatcher, a senior at Lincolnview – third place. Each presented their essays and took home checks for $300, $200, and $100 respectively.

The Optimist Club thanks Bitsi Clark, Kylee Moody, and Paul Cearns for judging this year’s 67 essay entries from Van Wert, Crestview, Lincolnview, Vantage, and home-schooled students.

The Optimist Club of Van Wert is active in the community with programs and service projects that include oratorical and essay contests, after-prom events, scholarships, bicycle safety rodeo, and Avenue of Flags. New members are always welcome!