We are pleased to congratulate three of our students on being awarded by Optimist International in their Essay Writing Contest! Jane Aune earned first place, Hayley Funches achieved second place, and Steele Funches won third place. Optimist International is a global organization that champions leadership in youth and establishes platforms for young people to exercise self-development. Our students worked diligently on their essays with the encouraging support of English teacher Mrs. Lindsay Funches. The theme offered by Optimist International this year was, “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?” This prompt provoked thoughtful reflection and beautiful writing. Jane Aune’s first place essay will move forward to districts with hopes of ultimately winning a collegiate scholarship at the national level. Congratulations students!