Tyler Z. Dale, a student at Coronado High School, recently won the Academy Optimist Club of Colorado Springs’ essay contest based on a theme of “How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value.”
Dale earned a $100 check, first place medal, and breakfast for two for his essay. In addition, the essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in the Colorado-Wyoming District. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level.
Samuela Mouzaoir, a student at Palmer High School won second place and Jennifer Sanchez, a student at St. Mary’s High School won third place.
“Tyler Dale did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme. He expressed himself well through the essay and deserved the honor of first place,” Club President Billie Nigro said.
The Academy Optimist Club of Colorado Springs has been participating in the Optimist International programs since 1989. Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include Bringing Up Grades (BUG) program, Liberty, Oratorical Contest, Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Brain Bowl, Santa Train on the Cog Railway, Safety Day, Childhood Cancer, and Internet Safety.
Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than six million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, please call (314) 371-6000, visit the local club’s website at www.academyoptimist.org, or attend a meeting on Tuesday mornings at the MiMi’s Café, 7133 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.