2016 Essay Contest

November 15, 2015 The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo (BOCK) is seeking candidates for the annual Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s topic is: “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction.” Students who are under the age of 18, who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent, are eligible to participate. The contest is designed to […]

2015 Essay Contest Winners

Kalamazoo, MI — The Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo’s (BOCK) recently honored three Portage Central High School students for their participation in an Essay Contest based on the theme of “Optimism Should be a Priority.” The winners received their awards at a breakfast on March 19th where they read their essays to the club members and […]

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 […]

Essay Contest Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the “How Dreams Lead to Success” essay contest. First Place – Daniel Saba, Second Place – Emma Jean VandenBrink, and Third Place – Maddy Kindler. They each were awarded with a medallion and monetary scholarship. We judged 34 essays from students at Portage Central High School and […]