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Student wins Optimist essay contest

Andre Anderson, a senior at Superior High School, recently won the Superior Optimist Club's annual essay contest based on a theme of "The Internet: Today's Evolution or Tomorrow's Menace?"...

Andre Anderson

Andre Anderson, a senior at Superior High School, recently won the Superior Optimist Club's annual essay contest based on a theme of "The Internet: Today's Evolution or Tomorrow's Menace?"

Anderson was awarded a medallion for the honor, as well as a check for $50. In addition, the essay will be sent to the Optimist Club's district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in the Wisconsin Upper Michigan district. The winner of the district competition will be sent to the international-level contest. A $2,500 college scholarship is awarded to the District Winner.

"Anderson did a wonderful job of articulating this year's theme. He expressed himself very well through the essay and definitely deserved the honor of first place," Club President Kim Pearson said.

The Superior Optimist Club has been active in the community since it was chartered 50 years ago. The Optimist Club's goal is to serve local youth, and does so in a variety of ways. "We sponsor a local youth golf tournament, provide grants and scholarships, senior class photo sponsorship, and financial donations to many local charities," said Pearson. "We meet every Wednesday at noon at the Shack Restaurant."

The Superior Optimist Club has two major fundraising activities each year, a pancake breakfast at the dragon boat festival and a meatball dinner in the spring.

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Optimist International is one of the work's largest service club organizations with 110,000 adult and youth members in 3,600 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto of "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 the Optimists, call (715) 398-0728 or send an e-mail to 35162@optimistmail.org .

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