2016 Essay Contest Winners

The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) is seeking candidates for the annual Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s topic is: “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.”

Student must be under the age of 18 as of October 1, 2016 to participate. The contest is designed to give young people valuable experience in expressing their thoughts in a public forum and compete for local and state prizes. At the local level (BOCK) the prize for first place is $200. At the District level the prize for first place is a $2,500 scholarship.

Essay Contest Application form including the Essay Contest Rules and more information can be found by clicking the buttons. Essays, hard copy only, are to be submitted to me, at the address below, no later than 5:00 pm Thursday, January 26, 2016. Essays will be judged at the local level and the winner sent on to the District Essay Chair by February 28th, 2017.

Click for Rules and Entry Form

Please contacting me at (269-341-1239 or at bockzoo@yahoo.com) with Questions by Monday, January 23rd. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me

Chris (Christina) Shults
Essay Contest Chairperson

3808 Old Colony Rd.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-3119

2017 Essay Contest