The contest is open to contestants under the age of 19 as of October 1st of the current Optimist International contest year (October 1 – September 30) and who have not yet completed secondary school or its equivalent, including CEGEP students in Québec, Canada. There is no minimum age. Students must enter in the District in which they reside. U.S. students attending school on military installations outside the U.S. are eligible to enter in their last home of record.

Topic for the 2022-2023 school year is: “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You”

Open to participants through Grade 12.

Entry due to Club by February 13, 2023.

  • Club Contest Date will be early February 13th, 2023
  • District Contest Date: March 2023

General Information from Optimist International can be found at:

2022-2023 Essay Application – Roseville, MN – 35232

For further information contact us at

Please read application form carefully.