Pratt Optimist Club announces the winners of an essay contest covering the topic, "When all the world's problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?"

On March 1, awards were presented at the weekly Pratt Optimist Club meeting for the top three places of their 2019 Essay Contest. This local contest is the first stage of the Optimist International Essay Contest. First place in the local contest receives a $300 scholarship and the student’s teacher receives a $200 award to be used in the classroom. The winning local essay has been submitted to the Kansas District Contest. The winner of the District Contest is awarded a $2,500 scholarship. There were 23 entries in this year’s local contest. Essays covered the topic “When all the world’s problems are solved, is optimism still necessary?” Each of the top three finishers read their essay during the awards presentation.
1st Place: Kylee Hopkins, Sophomore, Pratt High School, Parents: Carson and Jennifer Hopkins
2nd Place: Sian Helfrich, Sophomore, Pratt High School, Parents: Tony and Kim Helfrich
3rd Place: Kayla Espino, Sophomore, Pratt High School, Parents: Benito and Sandra Espino.