The Optimists of Arkansas City are now seeking entries in the 2019 Optimist International Essay Contest. A local winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The Optimist International Essay Contest gives young people the opportunity to express their views on a central topic, develop writing skills and compete for multiple college scholarships. The essay contest is open to any Arkansas City student who is younger than 19 as of Oct. 1, 2018. The deadline for students to submit essays to the Optimists of Arkansas City will be noon on February 26th. The 2018-19 topic is “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, Is Optimism Still Necessary?” Each student must complete an application form, which can be downloaded at and submit proof of his or her age by furnishing a
copy of his or her birth certificate or passport. For more information, contact Optimist Secretary Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415 or visit

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