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Winners chosen in C-NS Optimist Club’s Essay Contest

The Optimist Club of Cicero-North Syracuse has selected its winners for this year’s essay contest, the theme of which was, “How Does an Optimistic Mindset Change My Tomorrow?”
This year’s medalists are:
  1. 1st place: C-NS Junior Alanna Manning
  2. 2nd place: C-NS Junior Olivia Marra
  3. 3rd place: C-NS Junior Golden Duru
As the first-place winner, Alanna’s essay now moves forward to the New England / New York Optimist District for consideration in the larger contest where she has the opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship. Robert Crabtree is a current member and past president of the Optimist Club of C-NS and had the opportunity to review this year’s entries. Of those he reviewed, he said, “The essays were amazing and very upbeat. Even during our experiences with COVID there was plenty to be optimistic about. All seven essays were well written and very creative. The judging was very close among the three judges.”
In addition to the three winners, this year’s participants also included: Courtney Calkins (junior), Adam Militello (sophomore), Jason Salenski (junior) and Brooke Wright (junior). Congratulations to all participants!
Special thanks to this year’s judges and Optimist Committee Members:
  • Bill Bradley (Retired English Teacher at C-NS/Optimist Club Vice President)
  • Robert Crabtree (Optimist Club Member and Competition Coordinator)
  • Dan Hogan (English Teacher at C-NS)
  • Theresa Jackson (Optimist Club President)
  • Ken Sherry (English Teacher at C-NS and English Department Chair)