Local student wins Optimist Club essay contest

Danielle Sparling, a student at Southwood High School, recently won the Optimist Club of Wabash’s essay contest based on a theme of “How can I help my friends realize their value.”

Sparling was awarded a gold 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.

Second place was awarded to Emily Lehner, third place to Hanna Spaulding and honorable mention to Josiah Friedersdorf, Jonathan Berlier and Bailey Lundmark. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level.

“Sparling did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme. She expressed herself well through the essay and deserved the honor of first place,” Club President Jim Crandall said.

The Optimist Club of Wabash has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for several years and has been active in the community. Other programs and service projects that the Club is involved in include an oratorical contest and college scholarships.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world.

Carrying the motto, “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 Optimist International, please call 314-371-6000 or visit the organization’s website at

Posted on 2013 Mar 12