VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club named the winners of the 2017 Essay Contest on Tuesday. Entrants were asked to write an essay based on the prompt “Chasing optimism in the face of challenges.”
Kylie Koogler, a senior at Butler High School, was the overall winner. In addition to the club level award, Koogler’s essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in the district. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level.
“Kylie did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme,” said Club President Tami Daniel. “She expressed herself well through the essay and deserved the honor of first place.”
Also winning awards were Ciera Farst and Deanna Cohen.
Sarah Andebrahn was chosen as the winner of the middle school contest. She was joined by Isabella Kellar and Hashem Albezreh who also received awards.
The students were presented their awards at a lunch attended by their parents, Butler High School Principal Tom Luebbe, and Morton Middle School Guidance Counselor Megan Reinhart.
Judges for this year’s contest were Missy Pruszynski, Deputy Clerk of Council and Secretary to the Vandalia City Manager, Vandalia Police Chief Doug Knight, and Vandalia-Butler Board of Education President Bruce Sucher.
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