“How Dreams Lead To Success” essay contest

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

Pictured (from left to right): Mackenzie Arnold and Committee Chair, Beverly Holt-Pilkey, Director of Elementary Education, Horry County Schools.

The South Strand Optimist Club honored its’ winner of the Optimist International Essay Contest at its’ monthly meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Applewood House of Pancakes, 14361 Ocean Highway, Litchfield, (next to Bi-Lo at the Commons Exchange Center in the Litchfield Beach area. ) This program featured the presentation of her essay by Miss Mackenzie Arnold of Waccamaw High School.

“We are excited about the opportunity to recognize the youth of our community,” said Marty Waltemyer, president of the South Strand Optimist Club. “This program will become an annual event.”

The essay contest is sponsored by Optimist International to give young people the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. The approach can encompass a young person’s personal experience, the experience of their country or a more historical perspective. In additional to developing skills for written expression, participants also have the opportunity to win a college scholarship.

The South Strand Optimist Club serves the town of Surfside Beach, the communities of Burgess, St. James, Garden City Beach, Murrells Inlet, the Waccamaw Neck, and the city of Georgetown.

Optimist Clubs are known throughout the world for ‘Bringing Out the Best in Kids.’

“If you would like to be involved in recognizing our community’s youth and those that assist them, we welcome you to join our effort,” Waltemyer said.

For more information and to reserve your place at the upcoming meeting, call or email Marty Waltemyer at 843-235-0671 or mwaltemyer@aol.com.


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