Each year, the Optimist Club of St Paul petitions all High Schools in St Paul, public and private, to identify and submit applications for students who have succeeded academically and civically in the face of adversity.

Applications have 5 key components: General Characteristics, Academic Achievement, Adversity Faced, Extracurricular Activities, and Community Service.

The adversity could be economic, familial, or from a health or disability issue.

The applications are judged by a minimum of 6 judges and the top 15 students are invited to a recognition dinner with family members and a representative from their school.

At the dinner, each student is introduced, and asked a question about an area where the student has expressed interests. The answer has no impact on our award but gives those at the dinner a little insight in to the extraordinary students we honor.

Timing:  September applications sought, October winners are announced, and November recognition dinner held.

For more information or questions please contact j.tillotson62@gmail.com


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