Deadline: Varies by district
The Optimist International Essay Contest is sponsored by Optimist International. You must enter the contest through your local Optimist Club (each club has their own deadlines, however, all club contest are done by early February).
This was not Clauson's first win in a national essay contest. She was named the grand prize winner in the American Ideals Essay Contest last year and also earned the first place prize in the Constituting America Essay Contest in 2013. In addition, she placed second in the Family Forum Teen Writing Contest and the Stossel in the Classroom Essay Contest. She has earned thousands of dollars and trips to both New York City and Philadelphia.
Optimist International Essay Contest
DAR partnered with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 1996 to sponsor an annual national essay contest in honor of Christopher Columbus.