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Optimist essay winners honored

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From left are Natalie Phillips, Optimist Club member; Karen Callaway, Gardner Newman Middle School; first place winner Libby Criswell, third place winner Anna Doerr, second place winner Collin Sanders; Sara Morman, Long Cane Middle School; and Vaughn Yarbrough, Optimist Club member.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2016/02/web1_web0226Optimist.jpgFrom left are Natalie Phillips, Optimist Club member; Karen Callaway, Gardner Newman Middle School; first place winner Libby Criswell, third place winner Anna Doerr, second place winner Collin Sanders; Sara Morman, Long Cane Middle School; and Vaughn Yarbrough, Optimist Club member.

Submitted | Troup County School System

LaGRANGE — On Feb. 8, Troup County middle school students participated in the annual Optimist International Essay Contest. The topic given to all students was, “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction.”

During the luncheon ceremony, contest judges announced first through third place winners in which Optimist members, parents and school officials were present. The three winning students shared their essays with all in attendance.

“Selecting the winning essays was indeed a tough job for the area judges,” said Vaughn Yarbrough, Optimist essay chairperson. “The three finalists all had excellent essays and their scores were extremely close.”

As a prize, the winners received a medallion at the recognition luncheon hosted by the LaGrange Optimist Club members. The essay contest is open to students under the age of 19. All entrants must submit an essay of 700 to 800 words referencing the topic given by the International Optimist Club.

More than 50 essays were submitted this year for the competition.

Libby Criswell, an eighth grade student at Gardner Newman Middle School, was the overall winner of the contest. She will advance to the next level of competition scheduled later this month.

Collin Sanders, an eighth grade student at Long Cane Middle School placed second and Anna Doerr from Gardner Newman Middle School, also an eighth grader, placed third.

Editor’s note: This story contains information corrected from an earlier article.

From a press release submitted by Troup Count School System.