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12:53 AM Fri, Nov. 16th

Optimist Club recognizes essay winners

Nine of the 11 Yavapai County finalists in the Optimist International Essay Contest are back row, left to right: Zoë Dunn, Lazeth Martininez, Addison Wells, Kendall Foster (third place), Natalie Ashley Malloy (second place), Tabitha Sanders (first place), Dr. Butch Miller, President Optimist Club of Yavapai County; and front row: Emily Jolly, Jared Chavez, Tayhlar Tenney.

Nine of the 11 Yavapai County finalists in the Optimist International Essay Contest are back row, left to right: Zoë Dunn, Lazeth Martininez, Addison Wells, Kendall Foster (third place), Natalie Ashley Malloy (second place), Tabitha Sanders (first place), Dr. Butch Miller, President Optimist Club of Yavapai County; and front row: Emily Jolly, Jared Chavez, Tayhlar Tenney.

The Optimist Club of Yavapai County announced the top three winners of this year’s Optimist International Essay Contest. This year’s top three essays were submitted by Tabitha Sanders (first place), Natalie Ashley Malloy (second place), and Kendall Foster (third place). All three winners are seniors at Chino Valley High School. This year’s theme for the contest was “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction”.

Sanders 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.

The Optimist Club of Yavapai County has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for four years and has been active in the community since 2012. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include Optimist Oratory Contest, Annual Food Drive for the Yavapai Food Bank, The Humboldt Hungry Kids Project, and Youth Appreciation and Youth of the Year. To learn more about the Club visit our website http://www.optimistclubofyavapai.org/index.html, our Facebook page Optimist Club of Yavapai County, https://www.facebook.com/groups/www.optimistclubofyavapai.org/ or contact Dr. Butch Miller at 928-277- 6974 or Michael Whiting at 928-772- 3227.

To learn more about Optimist International, call 314-371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.