Twin City Area Optimist Club

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Sponsored by: Twin City Area Optimist Club
Topic: “Can Society Function Without Respect?”
Length: 700 to 800 Words
(Title, footnotes and bibliography are not included in final word count.)
Eligibility: Students under age 18 as of October 1, 2017
Local Level
1st Place – Gold Medallion and $100 Cash Award
2nd Place – Silver Medallion and $50 Cash Award
3rd Place – Bronze Medallion and $25 Cash Award
District Level
1st Place – Plaque and $2,500 College Scholarship
To enter, a student should submit their Typewritten Essay, Application Form, and a Copy of His/Her Birth Certificate. It must be postmarked by February 1, 2018 and sent to the follow address:
Twin City Area Optimist Club
Attn: Geralyn Cash, Essay Contest
P.O. Box 475
Festus, MO 63028
For questions or an application form, email:
Geralyn Cash – or call 573-561-4604

Essay Contest


Optimist International provides a topic upon which youth write an essay. Southern Jefferson County schools (public and private) are contacted to encourage participation. Optimists provide judges and prizes. Winners go to the East Missouri District Contest to compete for scholarships.

     PO Box 475, Festus, Missouri  63028

Twin City Area Optimist Club

Required Forms

To download the informational poster, CLICK HERE.

​To download the required Essay Application form, CLICK HERE.