Optimist Club announces winners of essay contest


The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club conducted its annual Essay Contest based on a theme of “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine?” “iMagine” represents the organization’s theme for 2019-2020.

A panel of three judges evaluated the local students’ essays using strict Optimist International rules to determine the winners. First, second, and third place winners will present their papers at a club meeting after COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions allow in-person meetings.

Sydney Randolph

First place went to Sydney Randolph, a student at San Dieguito Academy. Sydney was awarded a check for $250, gold medallion, and certificate. Her essay advanced to the District contest for a chance at even greater prizes, including a college scholarship.

Anjana Shriram

Second place went to Anjana Shriram, a student at Canyon Crest Academy. Anjana was awarded a check for $150, silver medallion and certificate.

Hannah Wentworth

Third place went to Hannah Wentworth, a student at Canyon Crest Academy. Hannah was awarded a check for $100, bronze medallion and certificate.

“These students all did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme among some tough competition. They expressed themselves well through the essay and deserved the honors they received,” Club President Don Lavigne said.

The Optimist Club of Del Mar-Solana Beach has been participating in the Optimist Essay Contest for many years and has been active in the community since 1981. Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include the Optimist Oratorical Contest, Miracle League of San Diego, Junior Optimist Clubs, Scouts, Children’s Challenge Awards, Casa de Amistad, Ronald McDonald House, Rady Children’s Hospital, Community Resource Center, and high school scholarship programs.