|Essay Contest Chair Dave Henry (in background) honouring the winners: (L to R) Alena Blanes, Ryan Yu, Shawna Lee|
Alena Blanes, a grade 11 student at Archbishop Carney Regional Secondary School, is the winner of the Coquitlam Optimist Club’s essay contest based on a theme of “Optimism Should be a Priority.”
Alena was awarded $100 for the honor. In addition, her essay will be sent to the Pacific Northwest District level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level.
Ryan Yu, a grade 12 student at Pinetree Secondary School placed second and received an award of $50. The third place winner was Shawna Lee, a grade 12 student at Archbishop Carney. She received $25.
“The students did a wonderful job of articulating this year’s theme. Only a few points separated the top three winners,” said David Henry, Essay Contest Chair.