The West Point Optimist Club met Wednesday at Pizza Ranch for their monthly meeting.
The program was the top 10 essay winners in the local club. The topic this year was “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”. It is a 700-800 word essay and students must be under the age of 19.
19 total students from both West Point-Beemer and GACC participated. The teachers for these students are Teresa Person, Melisa Meyer and Lynda Doernemann.
The top 10 were Keegan Doggett, Jacqueline Contreras, Lauryn Hagedorn, Anderson Pascual-Rodriquez, Katie Rainforth, Emily Toelle, Kayla Fischer, Kassidy Kaup, Alexis Wuestewald and Sophia Hass. They were treated to the Pizza Ranch Buffet, WPCT movie pass and snack card.
The first place winner was Pascual-Rodriquez, (WPBHS) who received $50, 2nd place went to Wuestewald (GACC) and $30, and the 3rd place went to Rainforth, (WPBHS) who got $20. All three read their essays at the meeting. All three winners’ essays go on to the Nebraska Optimist District for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship.
Judges for this year’s contest were Glenda Graves, Onie Michaelis and Shea Stokely. The West Point Club has been involved with the essay project for 28 years.
The West Point Optimist Club meets every third Wednesday of the month at Pizza Ranch at noon. The club was chartered May 25, 1974.
The next project will be youth soccer, K-3rd grade. A total of 180 kids have signed up to play. Chris Strehle is the chairperson for this activity.