Optimist International Essay Contest


Seward High students, Ryan Wall (senior) and Cordell Vrbka (junior), accompanied by Academic Decathlon Administrator, Noelle Baker, were dinner guests of the Seward Optimist Club on March 13, 2019. Both students were presented medals and certificates for their winning essays at the local level on the topic, “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?” Their essays are now eligible to compete at the state level for a $2500 scholarship from Optimist International. Ryan is the son of Dr. Robert & Lori Wall and Cordell is the son of Jacob and Rebecca Vrbka.


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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