Fort Lupton Optimist Club awards $2,5000 scholarship to essay contest winner

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By The Staff

    FORT LUPTON — Each year Optimist International invites secondary students to submit an essay on carefully selected topics. This invitation goes out to students in grades 8 through 12, and this year’s topic was, “How can I help my friends realize their value?”

    Quest Academy student Tiana Linkus, daughter of Duane and Rhonda Linkus, not only won first place for the Fort Lupton Optimist Club, but went on to win the essay contest at the Optimist District level, which encompasses more than 50 Optimist clubs in the Wyoming/Colorado districts.

    Ms. Linkus’ essay was articulate in addressing this year’s theme and displayed a maturity and confidence rarely seen in such a young writer. This incredibly talented young student was awarded a $2,500 scholarship by Optimist International which will be presented to her at the Colorado- Wyoming Conference May 11.

    In second place for the Fort Lupton Optimist Club Essay Contest was Rosario Aguilar, daughter of Maria and Pablo Aguilar, and also from Quest Academy. Both students were honored at an awards breakfast sponsored by the Fort Lupton Optimists and held at the Branding Iron on April 11.

    The Fort Lupton Optimist club meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month at 6:45 a.m. at the Branding Iron Restaurant in Fort Lupton. To find out more about this service organization who, “ BringsOut the Best in Kids,” please join us for breakfast.  If interested, please call Steve Moore, President, at 303-857-9439 or Dennis Gesterling at 303-857-2216.