The Optimist Club of Raleigh supports the achievement of our
outstanding local youth in hopes that they will become outstanding civic leaders
in their communities.
Since 1957, Optimist Clubs have recognized youth for their talents
in the arts, athletics, academics, and for contributions to community.
Youth Appreciation Week provides one such opportunity
for this recognition.
This year the Optimist Club of Raleigh celebrated Youth
Appreciation Week on May 16, 2016 by
awarding $2,500 and $1,500 scholarships to two high school seniors in Wake County, based on
academic and extra-curricular accomplishments and level of community
involvement. These scholarship can be used at any accredited university,
college or trade/vocational school. Our 2016 winners are: Jada Hester and Michael Denning, Jr.