Douglas Sharples-Schmidt

Douglas Sharples-Schmidt of Wakonda was selected as the Vermillion Optimist Club Essay Scholarship winner. Sharples-Schmidt, a home schooled student, expounded on the topic, “When All the World’s Problems are solved, Is Optimism Still Necessary?”

Sharples-Schmidt received a Club Gold Medallion, Framed Certificate, and $50 Gift Card. He now advances to the Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba {DMM} competition for a $2,500 Scholarship. That winner will be announced May 4 in Watertown at the third quarter conference.

Sharples-Schmidt wrote, “Optimism gets us through life’s problems by keeping us determined, giving us hope, and motivating us.” He goes on to write, “Optimism also influences other emotions, fear, sadness, anger, and envy.” Optimism also makes heroes. Looking at history, George Washington, Thomas Edison, Christopher Columbus, Harriet Tubman to name a few, all influenced history with Optimism.

In conclusion, Sharples-Schmidt wrote, “ Everyone needs Optimism. No one can achieve his or her dream without Optimism. No can live a happy life, experience full emotions, as it is a vital source to all people.”

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