The Daniel Boone Optimist Club Honors Essay Contest Winners


The Daniel Boone Optimist Club recently held an essay contest for students in the Daniel Boone Area School District.

The topic of this year’s contest was “How does an optimistic mindset change my future?” The topic is chosen annually by Optimist International.

The winning essay for 2021-22 was written by Avielle Sotomayor, a homeschooled student from Douglassville. The second place winner was Shawn Selbst, a Daniel Boone High School senior, and the third place winner was Natalie Alexander, also a Daniel Boone High School senior.

These three students attended an Optimist Club meeting on April 7 with their parents and read their essays to the Optimist Club members present. They received their prizes of $150, $100 and $50, respectively, along with their framed certificates.

“We are very proud of all the students who entered the essay contest this year, and we congratulate these three students in particular for their achievements,” the Club said in a statement. “We look forward to bringing out the best in our students as we provide many opportunities for their future success throughout the year.”

Among these opportunities, the Daniel Boone Optimist Club sponsors an annual Halloween parade, a tree lighting ceremony, an essay contest, a speech contest, an Easter egg hunt, a scholarship program studies, a trout rodeo event and a youth golf program.

“These service projects span many age groups and have had a lasting and positive impact in our community and its youth.”

To learn more about the Daniel Boone Optimist Club, visit


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