Danielle Hsu wins Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club essay contest

The Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club recently completed another successful essay contest, which was open to North County students under age 19 who have not yet graduated from high school. This year’s topic “How Can I Help My Friends Realize Their Value” produced many outstanding essays, but top honors went to winner Danielle Hsu. Second and third place went to Aisiri Murulidar and Elizabeth Giap.

The winners read their essays during a recent Optimist Club breakfast and cash prizes were awarded in the amounts of $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place respectively. Contestants ranged in age from 13 to 16. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three contestants ($150, $100 and $50 respectively.) Each of the winners attended a recent Optimist Club breakfast to read their essay to club members.

Danielle now qualifies to compete in the District Zone finals, which offers a $2,500 scholarship to the winner.

For more information on the Optimist Club, visit or contact Club President David Eller at 760-510-9535 or