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“For Me, Optimism is . . .”

KDES students Diego Trejo and Johanna Cruz competed February 21 in the Virginia Optimist Club Communication Contest for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing statewide competition. Trejo, an seventh grader, won first place and received a $1,500 scholarship for the college of his choice from the Cap-VA 01 District of the Optimist International.

Trejo's presentation focused on how for him optimism is "... more than a word. It is something that can influence people ...." He shared with the audience the importance of changing one's views to look on the bright side. "I like it when I have friends who try to cheer me up with funny and positive thoughts," he said.

In the local competitions held February 9, Cruz, a sixth grader, was selected as the winner of the Optimist Sunrise Club Alexandria, Virginia Chapter. In her presentation, Cruz described herself as "... optimistic that as a teacher I can make a difference by helping children prepare to enter the adult world." Trejo was selected as the winner of the Noonday Arlington Optimist Club. Cruz received a medallion, a $100 savings bond, and a $25 movie gift card. Trejo received a $100 savings bond and a $25 movie gift card.

Congratulations, Diego and Johanna, on your fine presentations! Thank you to Elizabeth Hall, Donald Mahoney, and all the KDES teachers and staff who supported the contest.