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Seward Optimist Club 2023 Essay Winners Announced at Optimist Club Meeting

The student essays for the Seward Optimist Essay Contest for the local level have been judged and the winners were announced and introduced at the recent Seward Optimist Club meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15th at the Seward Civic Center.  The winners include First Place - Madison Dominy.  She is the daughter of Jessica and Matt Dominy of Seward.  A Second Place-tie was awarded to Lydia Lobmeyer-the daughter of Jonathan and Amy Lobmeyer and Noah Fields, the son of Deidra and Kevin Fields, all from Seward, NE. All students honored were seniors at Seward High School. 


The students each were introduced and each read their essay titled “Who is an Everyday Hero that Brings Out the Optimism in You?”  The students were recognized and thanked by Seward Optimist Club President Gaylea Sturgis, assisted by Optimist Club Secretary Lana Urban.


Each student was presented a medal, certificate and photographed. Madison Dominy's essay –named First Place, will represent SHS and the Seward Optimist Club at the State contest and compete for the $2500 prize. The essays by Lydia Lobmeyer and Noah Fields will also compete on the state level, sponsored by two Lincoln Optimist Clubs.  The SHS sponsoring teacher was Melissa Pohl, who was recognized and thanked for her efforts to promote this annual contest.  Many of the parents of the students also attended.


The essays were judged by UNL Secondary Language Arts Major –Jack Bleu of Madison, NE.  

Photo: L-R Optimist Club Essay Winners SHS Seniors Noah Fields-Second Place-Tie, Madison Dominy-First Place, Lydia Lobmeyer-Second Place Tie.