WEDDINGTON – Jackson Helms, a senior at Union Academy, recently won the Weddington Optimist Club’s essay contest, which was based on a theme of “When All the World’s Problems are Solved, is Optimism Still Necessary?”
Helms was awarded a $100 first place prize. His essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs. College scholarships are available for top winners.
“Jackson Helms did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme,” Club President Mary Ann Maxson said. “He expressed himself well through the essay and deserved the honor of first place,”
Second and third place winners, Sydney Ayers and Annaliese Winnail, received $75 and $50 awards, respectively.
The Optimist Club of Weddington has been active in the community since 1980. The club is also involved in an oratorical contest, computer scholarships, breakfast with Santa, and improved student party.
Call 980-328-5700 or visit www.weddington-optimist.org to learn more about the club.