Perry juniors claim top spots in Optimist Club essay contest

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PHS junior Genesis Garnett, right, was awarded first place in the annual Perry Optimist Club essay contest. Congratulating Garnett was Optimist Club Secretary Linda Andorf. Photo courtesy Perry Optimist Club

The winners of the annual Perry Optimist Club essay contest were honored at Wednesday night’s meeting of the club in the Cellar of La Poste.

The yearly event asks students to prepare an essay and defend their position around a prepared question or topic. The theme of this year’s contest was “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction?”

PHS junior Genesis Garnett was awarded first place. Her essay will now be submitted to the Optimist State Essay Contest, the winner of which will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.

Jordan Long earned second place in the local contest, with Sierra Newton-Shore placing third. All three PHS juniors received medals in recognition of their participation, presented by Perry Optimist Club President Zack Cregeen.

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