Junior Optimist Club

2018 DMSB Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

Please find below a flyer and application form for the 2018 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest.


Who May Enter: Any girls and boys under the age of 18 who have not yet graduated from high school, or the equivalent, and who are educated in the United States, Canada or the Caribbean.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

Contest Date and Location:
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 at 9:00 am
Check in for all students begins at 8:00 am
The Winston School
215 9th Street, Del Mar, CA 92014

Questions and Application Submission Address:
John Murphy, DTM
Phone: 619-886-2212; Email: jrmmt@cox.net
Address: 3720 Kingsley Street, San Diego, CA 92106

Seany "Camp Reach For The Sky"

A story about the Seany Foundation's "Camp Reach For The Sky" will be in various local papers this week. Please read about their important work at:


The Seany Foundation's website: http://www.theseanyfoundation.org

2017 CCA DFS Optimist Club Scholarships Awarded

It was a great honor to present the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarships at the Canyon Crest Academy Dollars For Scholars Award Ceremony on Monday evening, May 15, 2017 at the school's Proscenium Theater on campus. This year there were 44 scholarships presented to winners from 178 applicants - less than 25% of applicants receiving awards. The two Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarships were presented to very deserving young men.

The first 2017 Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarship winner is Noah Jacobson. Noah joined the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club in 2015 and is graduating in June 2017. He plans to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto in the Fall.

Noah has devoted himself to feeding the hungry. As the Chair of the Hands Up Food Pantry and Founder of the CCA Hunger Awareness club, he has helped to collect 5000 pounds of food and lobbied to alleviate hunger at the California legislature. His achievements in fighting hunger have been recognized with Certificates of Recognition from the City of San Diego and the California Legislative Assembly.

In addition to his work in fighting hunger, Noah conducts research and writes analytical software to study plasma physics at the Plasma Interaction Surface Component Experimental Station. He has also served as a leader for two of CCA’s robotics teams, sharing his expertise in marketing, documentation, outreach, and mechanical design.

Noah has earned his Gold Level Presidential Service Award for the past 3 years and is a National AP Scholar.

The second 2017 Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club Scholarship winner is Nathan Parikh. Nathan plans to attend Duke University in the Fall.

Nathan is an exemplary Boy Scout, serving as his troop’s senior patrol leader and earning his Eagle rank with a fence restoration project at the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

He is the founder and president of the CCA Sports Fanatics club where he has connected sports enthusiasts with philanthropy by combining athletic events with canned food collection for the San Diego Food Bank. The Sports Fanatics have also organized collection of used sports equipment.

Nathan plays tennis for a competitive club and at CCA. He has been recognized for his team leadership skills and serves as a member of the CCA Student Athlete council.

On the Varsity Public Forum Debate Team for 4 years, Nathan was an Octo-finalist at the Jack Howe Memorial Tournament in 2016, earned an 8th place at the 2016 National Qualifications, and 8th place at the 2015 State Qualifications.

He has served our community as a summer intern and school year volunteer for Assemblyman Brian Maienschein. Currently, he interns at UCSD, studying tissue remodeling in a type of allergic esophagitis.

The winner of a prestigious Canyon Crest Academy Dollars For Scholars Distinguished Scholar Award, presented by the school's Principal, is Aaron Tanaka. Aaron is the current Secretary of the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club and has been a club member since ninth grade. Aaron was presented his award for being an outstanding student in academics and for his numerous and far reaching community service activities in the Junior Optimist Club, Teen Volunteers In Action, and his efforts for traffic safety improvements around the school area. Aaron also has reached out internationally with his efforts while maintaining an outstanding academic record. Aaron plans to attend Macalester College and major in Political Science.

We wish these three outstanding young men, and their fellow scholarship winners much success in their educational pursuits and in life.

2017 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest Results

On Saturday, March 25, 2017 the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club held its annual Oratorical Contest for students. Contest Chairman John Murphy, DTM, organized and conducted the contest at the Calvary Lutheran Church Hall in Solana Beach, CA.

Eleven students entered the contest and competed for medallions and cash awards. The contest winners are pictured with Club President, Gary Wilson, and John Murphy (right). The top contest winners now move on to the Zone level contest and will compete for the opportunity to advance to District level competition where they will have the chance to win college scholarships. The Zone and District level contests take place in April.

2017 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest

Information about the 2017 Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club Oratorical Contest is now available at the following link:


Junior Optimist Clubs Get Prominent Mentions in Regional Newsletter

The "Southernor" is the newsletter publication of the California South (CALSO) Optimist District of which our Club is a member. Our Club, and Junior Optimist Clubs, are featured in articles on pages 5, 8, and 9. Enjoy!

Optimist Club Essay Contest

The Optimist Club, Del Mar – Solana Beach
December 5, 2016

Essay Contest
- Topic: “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges”
- Awards: 1st Place $250, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $100

Essay must be at least 700 words, but no more than 800 words. The contest is open to students under 19 years of age who have not yet graduated from high school.

- District Scholarship: $2,500 College Scholarship
- Deadline: All essays due by January 31, 2017

Applications, essay submissions, and additional information available:
Contact: Victor Svistoonoff, Club Essay Contest Coordinator
- Phone Number: (254) 424-8470
- Email: vicalexs@hotmail.com

Junior Optimist Clubs Provide Lunches For The Needy

On Saturday, November 12th, 2016, members of the three Junior Optimist Clubs sponsored by the Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club prepared over 200 nutritious lunches for the needy. The Junior Optimists from Canyon Crest Academy, Torrey Pines High School, and Carmel Valley Middle School assembled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, washed fresh fruit, and packaged granola bars into lunch bags for distribution to those in need. Some 14 students, their advisors, and friends participated in the effort. This community service activity is one of many the clubs perform throughout the year. To learn more about Optimist Clubs, their mission, and their purposes please visit http://www.optimistdelmarsolanabeach.com/

Junior Optimist - Ronald McDonald House Project

The Torrey Pines High School and Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist (JOOI) Clubs recently did a combined community service project benefitting the Ronald McDonald House. The clubs made care packages that will be distributed to the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The care packs consisted of snack items and laundry detergent. The Ronald McDonald house provides housing for families of children who have prolonged hospitalization or medical treatments.
The CCA and TPHS JOOI clubs are sponsored by the Del Mar-Solana Beach Optimist Club whose mission is to provide hope and positive vision to bring out the best in youth, communities and ourselves. Gwen Beren is the adult mentor to both clubs. Briana Kaler is CCA’s club president and Solana Garcia is TPHS’s club president.

Photo: Solana Garcia, Nicole Martingale, Afia, and Gwen Beren, Mentor delivered the gifts to the Ronald McDonald House.

Briana Kaler - Governor of the Southern California Junior Optimist District.

Seven college bound graduating Seniors, members of the Canyon Crest Academy's Junior Optimist Club during their high school years, walked away with scholarships at the Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Canyon Crest Academy Dollars For Scholars (CCADFS) Awards event.

Briana Kaler, President of the Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club, and Governor of the Southern California Junior Optimist District, was presented a Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club sponsored and funded scholarship.

Briana will attend the University of California - Berkeley following graduation.

Adrienne Rozells, Canyon Crest Academy Junior Optimist Club Vice President, and Lt. Governor of the District, was recognized with a Dollars For Scholars Achievement Award. Kira Sedayao received the Hansen's Award Scholarship. Margo Kersey took the CCADFS Alumni Award. Sandra Sandria was selected as the recipient of the CCADFS Board of Directors Award.

Also winning scholarships were past club members Sarah Du and Bianca Hung.

The second Del Mar - Solana Beach Optimist Club sponsored scholarship was presented to Tanvi Shah who does research and analysis at the Sanford-Burnham-Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and plans a career in that field.

For more information on Optimist Clubs and Junior Optimist Clubs visit the optimist.org website.