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Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Will Lawson, Katie Martin, Kaleigh Watters receive recognition from Bruce Godfrey, club president

By Sue Appleton

Each year the Optimist Club of Jasper holds an Essay Contest that is part of the Optimist International Essay Contest across America.  Over 60 essays were entered in this year’s contest with the help of Debbie Roper of Pickens High School.  The club’s project leader was Matt Moore who handled all the details of collecting and selecting the top essays.  Club members did the initial selection with the final judging being handled by members of the Pickens County Retired Educators Association.  

This year’s topic was “How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value?”  Each of the essays was well written and thoughtful.  This year’s top 3 winners were:

First Place, Kaleigh Watters who wrote:

“No matter who you are, where you are, or what you do, we all want to feel appreciated.  In today’s fast-paced world, and exaggerated society, it’s easy to feel small in comparison to our surroundings.  I think one of the best things that you can do as a friend is to encourage each other, and remind one another that no matter how you may feel, we all have value.”

Second Place, Will Lawson wrote:

“What makes someone feel valuable?  Before we can answer that question, let’s look at the definition of valuable: ‘having qualities worthy of respect, admiration or esteem’.  Many people feel valuable after making someone’s day, get a reward for something they’ve accomplished, or when they’re told that they are simply ‘worth it’.  So how does one realize their value?  How does one help a friend realize their value?  Encouraging someone to recognize their value can either be an easy task or a daunting one.”

Third Place, Katie Martin wrote:

“My friends are very important and have great value to me, and it is imperative that they know their worth.  When my friends are having a rough time, they may not realize what they are worth.  As their friend, I am responsible to help them.  If someone doesn’t know their value, it may lead to them making poor choices.”

The winners attended a club meeting on Thursday, March 21 at which time they read their essays and then received medals as well as monetary rewards.  The gold medal winner’s essay then was sent on for the Zone level essay contest.We hope that all the essay writers learned something from the process and the topic.

Monday, March 25, 2013

26 days to the FlapJack Run!!!

Registration form is at the link on the right! Come on, it's almost time to get your Syrup on!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

STAR student Banquet:

Click the link on the right to the STAR student video from knowpickens.com!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Much to speak about at the Optimist Oratorical Contest!

Each year Optimist International holds an oratorical contest at their clubs across America.  The Optimist Club of Jasper conducted their club oratorical contest this year at the Pickens County Library on Saturday, February 23 with 3 middle schools participating.  These schools (Pickens County Middle School, Dawson County Middle School, and Wildwood Christian Academy) each held their own competition earlier and sent their top contestants to compete at the club level.  The topic this year was “Why My Voice is Important”.

The top boy and girl contestant at the club level go onto compete at the Zone level which will be held in Canton on March 23rd with the top two from that contest going on to compete at the Georgia District level.  The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world.  More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.

At the Optimist Club of Jasper local level, the top 3 girls and boys will be awarded medals and monetary recognition for their efforts at the club meeting on May 2.  The Oratorical contest is part of the Optimist mission “to bring out the best in kids”.

Row 1 L to R:  Grace Troup (PCMS), Sydney McMinnis (DCMS), Alexis Cook (WWA), Emily Fitts (WWA)

Row 2 L to R:  Oscar McMullen (WWA), Jackson Leake (PCMS), Kaylen Grace (DCMS), Evan Povolny (DCMS), Brise Henson (DCMS) Jackson Melton (WWA)

Standing in Back:  Jim Bailey, Optimist Club Oratorical Project Leaders
Article by Sue Appleton