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This spring EC senior Trevor Myers and junior Grace Miller won second and third place respectively at the Clarkston Area Optimist Club Oratorical Contest. The students presented their winning speeches at the May breakfast meeting of the Optimist Club. Speeches answered the question, “Is there a fine line between optimism and reality?”

Each student had a different take on the question presented. Trevor stated that optimism is reality. “Optimism, perhaps the most important thing in creating a positive world, is not something too hard to achieve, rather a mindset and a goal each person can yearn for.” Grace also emphasized the importance of using optimism to shape reality: “Optimism is not a separate entity from reality, rather, it is a tool which we can use to shape it, little by little, to be what we aim for it to become. Optimism is what drives us to believe that reality can be shaped into something better to begin with.” Congratulations Trevor and Grace!