BOCK Announces 2015 Essay Contest

November 29, 2014

The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) is seeking candidates for the annual Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s topic is: “Optimism Should be a Priority”.  Students who are under the age of 19, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent, are eligible 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.

Click the following link ( for a copy of Essay Contest Application form including the Essay Contest Rules.  Essays, hard copy only, are to be submitted to the address below, no later than 5:00 pm Thursday, January 29.  Essays will be judged at the local level and then sent on to the District Essay Chair by February 28, 2014.

Please let me know wish to participate in the contest by contacting me at (269-341-1239 or at [email protected]) by Thursday, January 22.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Chris (Christina) Shults

Essay Contest Chairperson

Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo

3808 Old Colony Rd.

Kalamazoo, MI 49008-3119

[email protected]


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