Optimist International Essay Contest

Madison Dominy Wins 2021 Local Seward Optimist Essay Contest


Madison Dominy of Seward, a SHS sophomore, was selected the winner of the Seward Optimist Club essay contest.  She is the daughter of Jessica and Matt Dominy.  Noah Fields, also a SHS sophomore, was first runner-up.  He is the son of Kevin and Deidra Fields of Seward.  Emily Yelden a SHS junior, is the daughter of Lynn and Marsha Yelden from Seward and was the third-place finisher.  The students received their medals and award certificates on Feb. 15th at the Civic Center. All other entries were considered honorable mention and received certificates.  The students wrote a 700-800 word essay on the topic, “Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.”  Madison is sponsored by the Seward Optimist Club, Noah, the Lincoln Evening Optimist Club, and Emily, The Lincoln West Optimist Club. The local Seward High liaison with the Seward Optimist Club Essay Contest is Melissa Pohl, SHS English teacher.  Clark Kolterman serves as the local Seward Optimist Club Essay Chair.      

Last year, Madalyn Lobmeyer, 2020 Seward High graduate, was the winner of the local Seward Optimist Essay contest and won the 2020 NE District Essay Contest and the $2,500 Optimist International Scholarship.

L-R: Madison Dominy, Noah Fields, and Emily Yelden

Madalyn Lobmeyer is congratulated by State Optimist Essay Chair Lana Urban, upon winning the 2020 NE District Optimist Essay Contest.


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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