Recent Contest Winners and Scholarship Recipients

2021 Optimist Scholarship Recipients
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Congratulations to Platteville High School Seniors Matthew Detrie and Noah Rhoden, who were each selected to receive a $1000 scholarship from the Platteville Optimist Club. 

Matthew plans to attend UW-Platteville to major in Industrial Technology Management.

Matthew in son of Chris and Heather Detrie.


Noah plans to attend Coconino Community College and then transfer to Northern Arizona University majoring in Business Management and Stock Analysis.

Noah is son of Jay and the late Vicci Rhoden.

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2021 Oratorical Contest Winners

This year's first place winner was Maria Schmitt from Saint Rose School in Cuba City,($150). Receiving second place was Benedict Drefcinski,($100).  Emily Wiegman earned third place ($50).  Winners will now compete at the Zone level and could possibly move on to the District, winning up to a $2,500 scholarship.

L-R:  Christine Storlie, Event Chair, Emily Wiegman, Benedict Drefcinski, Maria Schmitt and Platteville Optimist President Tom Nall

2021 Oratorical Contest Participants

2021 Oratorical Contest Participants

Front Row L-R: Benedict Drefcinski, Emily Wiegman, Bethany Daugherty, Maria Schmitt, Faith Justman, Elloit Cummins, and Talan VanNatta

Back Row L-R: Noah Wood, Ella Vosberg, Kylie Heller, Dea Crist, Ben Richards, and Christine Storlie of the Platteville Optimist Club

2021 Essay Contest Winners
Optimist Club Awards 2021 Essay Contest

“Reaching Your Dreams by Choosing Optimism”

was the theme of this year’s Platteville Optimist Club Essay Contest.    A total of 34 students from Platteville Middle School, Iowa Grant Middle School and St. Rose Catholic School (Cuba City) participated in the event.

This year’s 1st place winner was Zachary Ludlum ($200 scholarship) from Platteville Middle School. He will advance to the Zone contest for a chance to advance to the District contest ($500 scholarship). Natalie Jentz, also from Platteville Middle School, received 2nd place ($50 scholarship), and Hope Connolly from Iowa Grant earned 3rd place ($50 scholarship).

Pictured are Christine Storlie, Event Chair, Platteville Middle School students: Zachary Ludlum (1st Place), Natalie Jentz (2nd Place), Katherine Leahy (6th Place), Rowan Chmielewski (9th Place), Nuzaira Rabbani (5th Place) and Tom Nall Platteville Optimist Club President.

2020 Optimist Scholarship Recipients
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Congratulations to Platteville High School Seniors Nicholas Cullen and Ashlyn Moon, who were each selected to receive a $1000 scholarship from the Platteville Optimist Club.  Nicholas plans to attend UW-Stevens Point with an undecided major.  Ashlyn plans to attend Coastal Carolina Community College majoring in Business Management and Entrepreneurship.

Nicholas in son of Jerry and Stephanie Cullen.

Ashlyn is daughter of Gerald and

Emily Moon.

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Oratorical Contest Winners - 2020
             Treyton Furrer and Nicholas Connolly

Winners of the Optimist sponsored Oratorical contest were Treyton Furrer, student at St. Rose and Nicholas Connolly, Jr. at  Iowa-Grant. Pictured also is Christine Storlie of Platteville Optimists. Treyton and Nicholas will now compete at the Zone level and could possibly move on to the District, winning up to a $2,500 scholarship.

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Oratorical Contestants - 2020

Front Row: Benedict Drefcinski (runner-up),  Treyton Furrer (winner), Leah Mergen (runner-up), Eydie Cummins, Allison Joos

Back Row: Joseph Vyetreil, Breyden Johll, Nicholas (winner) Christine Storlie

Essay Contest Winner - 2020
1st place: Aksel Schuldes
Awards were presented to Platteville Middle School students placing in the recent Essay Contest sponsored Platteville Optimist and UWP Student Optimist Club. Pictured are Wayne Wodarz, Optimist member/Youth Activities Chair, Honorable Mention recipients pictured are Lilly Otto, Penny Black, Eva Hollingsworth, and Nicholas Rohou. Taking first place was Aksel Schuldes. Dr. Christine Storlie has served as Essay Chair for several years and is also a member of the Platteville Optimist Club. The essay topic was “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams you iMagine”. Congratulations to all participants. Aksel's essay will compete at the SWIS District level for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship.