Optimist International Essay Contest

Evan Nottingham with President, Lana Urban

Evan Nottingham, SHS Senior, won the local 2018 Seward Optimist Essay Contest and presented the essay at the Optimist Club meeting Wed. February 21, 2018, accompanied by sponsor and teacher, Clark Kolterman. They were dinner guests at the Sparetime Bowling Alley.  He presented the essay titled, “Can Society Function Without Respect?”  Evan was presented a medal and certificate for his efforts.  His essay is now eligible for a $2500.00 scholarship if he is the overall winner of the Nebraska District Optimist Essay Contest.  Evan is the son of Dana and Danna Nottingham of Seward.  Congratulations, Evan!

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.  In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship!  The Seward Optimist Club has participated for many years.

  • Open to any interested students under the age of 18 as of October 1 of the competition year and have not yet graduated from High School.
  • Interested students should contact the Seward Optimist Club for details on how to submit their essay as the deadline is usually early February.
  • The Seward Optimist club has sponsored one Nebraska district winner.
  • The Nebraska District Club Essay winner receives a $2500 scholarship.


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