Gianna Witmer, a senior at Berks Catholic High School, recently won the Daniel Boone Optimist Club’s essay contest based on a theme of “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”
Witmer was awarded $150 for the honor. In addition, the essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in the district. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level.
“Gianna did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme. She expressed herself well through the essay and deserved the honor of first place,” Club President Vic Frederick said.
The Daniel Boone Optimist Club has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for 18 years and has been active in the community since 1968. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include Easter Egg Hunt, Holiday Tree Lighting, Trout Rodeo, Halloween Parade, Student Trip to Harrisburg, and Student Scholarships.
To learn more about Optimist International, call (314) 371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.