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Essay contest winner - Annie Clifford

Annie Clifford, a senior at Bradshaw Mountain High School, recently won the Optimist Club of Yavapai County's essay contest based on a theme of "Optimism Should be a Priority."

Clifford was awarded a certificate and medal 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.

"Annie 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 Dr. Butch Miller said.

The Optimist Club of Yavapai County has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for three years and has been active in the community since 2012. We were very pleased at the participation of all of the students this year with eight contestants all submitting outstanding essays. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include Optimist Oratory Contest, Annual Food Drive for the Yavapai Food Bank, and Youth Appreciation and Youth of the Year. To learn more about the Club visit our website or contact Dr. Butch Miller 928-277-6974 or Michael Whiting 928-772-3227.

Optimist International is one of the world's largest service club organizations with 75,000 adult and youth members in 2,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and 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 or visit the organization's website at

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