Optimist Club of Calgary Essay Contest Winners – 2018

Can Society Function Without Respect?

Eight students between Grade 8 and Grade 12 entered the contest that closed in early December with essays on the topic “Can Society Function Without Respect?”.

After careful judging by three judges, the following results were announced.

First Three Place Contestants

Each of these students received a medal, a small cash award and a certificate of participation containing the Optimist Creed.

The First Place essay will be forwarded to the Optimist Alberta Saskatchewan Montana and Northern Wyoming District essay contest with the potential to win a $2,500 post-secondary scholarship

  1. First Place – Jay Baldonado, Grade 9, Ian Bazalgette Jr. HS
  2. Second Place – Darren Wen, Grade 12, Sir Winston Churchill Sr. HS
  3. Third Place – Emily Grant, Grade 11, Western Canada Sr. HS

Runner-up Contestants

Five other contestants submitted excellent essays but they did not achieve one of the first three places. Each of these students received a certificate of participation containing the Optimist Creed.

  • Hajra Sohail, Grade 11, Western Canada Sr. HS
  • Manar Al-Yasiri, Grade 11, Western Canada Sr. HS
  • Ye-Jean (Grade 11) and Ye-Sung (Grade 8), sister and brother at Webber Academy
  • A fifth contestant wished to remain Anonymous

Essays

Essays by the following students are now available. The Optimist Club of Calgary invites you to read their answers to the question “Can Society Function Without Respect?”.

Optimist Club of Calgary Oratorical Contest Winners – 2018

A total of eight students between Grade 8 and Grade 12 entered the Oratorical contest. Each of the following winning students received a medal, a small cash award and a certificate of participation containing the Optimist Creed.

The topic was “What Are My Roots of Optimism.” The Club Oratorical Contest winners were:

  • Samantha Cardenas, 1st place girls place
  • Joanna Li, 2nd place girls
  • Tuka Ali, 3rd place girls
  • Roland Delos Reyes, 1st place boys
  • Eric Li, 2nd place boys
  • Leo Ochieng, 3rd place boys

Samantha Cardenas went on to win the District Oratorical contest and a $2,500 scholarship.