Optimist International Essay Contest

RaeLyn Sugden Wins $2500 Scholarship in 2022 NE District Essay Contest

RaeLynn Sugden, 2022 Optimist International $2500 Scholarship Winner

RaeLyn Sugden, a Seward High School Senior, was selected the overall 2022 Nebraska District Essay Contest winner and will receive a $2500.00 Optimist International scholarship for her efforts. Congratulations, RaeLyn! Rachel Kuss, Soph. Bronze medal; RaeLyn Sugden, Sr., Silver Medal; and Keegan Beisel, Sr., Gold Medal; and their liaison, SHS English teacher, Melissa Pohl, were guests for dinner at the Sparetime Bowling Alley on Feb. 16th. The three students received their Seward Optimist Essay Contest medals and certificates and presented their essays to the club. They wrote a 700-800 word essay on the topic, “How Does An Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?” Keegan’s essay was sponsored by the Seward Optimist Club for placing 1 st , and RaeLyn Sugden’s 2nd place effort was sponsored by the Lincoln Evening Optimist Club.

Madalyn Lobmeyer, 2020 Seward High graduate, was the winner of the 2020 local Seward Optimist Essay contest and won the $2500.00 Optimist International Scholarship for her efforts.







L-R: Keegan Beisel; RaeLyn Sugden; Optimist President, Gaylea
Sturgis; and Rachel Kuss.

Madalyn Lobmeyer is congratulated by State Optimist Essay Chair Lana Urban, upon winning the 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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