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Local students win Optimist Club contest
Shown from left, the essay winners are Cecily Burch, Matilda Weeden and Morgan Seffrood. (Photo supplied)
ALBANY - Three students were recognized for their entries to the Optimist Club of Monroe's essay contest based on a theme of "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges."

Eighth-grade student Cecily Burch, daughter of Gary and Melissa Burch, was awarded $150 for her first-place winning essay. High school senior Matilda Weeden, daughter of Michael and Joanne Weeden, received $100 for her second-place essay, and high school senior Morgan Seffrood, daughter of Randy and Anna Seffrood, won $50 for her third-place essay.

As the local first-place winner, Burch's essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist clubs in the district. College scholarships in the amount of $2,500 are available for top winners at the district level.

Optimist International is one of the world's largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 3,200 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the mission statement "By providing hope and positive vision, Optimists bring out the best in youth, our communities and ourselves," Optimists conduct service projects that reach more than 6 million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, call 314-371-6000 or visit the organization's website at