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Optimist Club of Boyertown has a very busy spring

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Optimist Club of Boyertown has a busy spring season.

By: Optimist Club of Boyertown

     The Optimist Club of Boyertown has had a very busy spring season. Not only do they have three spring sports seasons, but they have also ran an Oratorical contest in late March. Leah Walters was our first-place winner, Jonas Smith was the runner up and second runner up was Alison Riley. On Saturday May 6th at the Optimist Atlantic Central District which included clubs from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Upper Delaware Leah and Jonas participated in the district Oratorical contest. While neither made the finals, the Optimist Club of Boyertown was very proud of their hard work and willingness to participate in the district event.

     “Giving an oratory, in front of strangers is never easy, in front of strangers” said Optimist Club of Boyertown secretary and Oratorical chair Phil Haddad. “It’s nerve racking, but they(Leah and Jonas) both did a great job, and we are very proud of them. We hope that they will try again next year, for the Oratorical contest. Mrs. Kallis and Dr. Berryman, Oley Valley English teachers, are wonderful teachers to work with, and we look forward to working with them again in the future. I still think they would both make great optimist members.”

     At the third quarter district meeting, Mrs. Anne Pyle Atlantic Central District Essay chair, announced the winners for the district essay contest. Mrs. Pyle mentioned that the judges enjoyed reading the essays and had a very hard time picking the winners. Oley Valley senior Tetje Williamson was the runner up at the district event. Optimist Club of Boyertown secretary and essay chair Phil Haddad presented Tetje with her runner up plaque at the May 17th
School meeting. Board president David Pollock Jr. give Haddad the floor to make the presentation.

     Dr. Lori Berryman Tetje’s teacher is beaming with pride with her accomplishments. “"Tetje's essay captured the impact of meeting someone significant who changes the trajectory of one's life,” said Dr. Berryman. “She managed to mix her personal experience with a universal feeling of hope and optimism. She is an expressive and creative writer, and it was exciting to see her essay make it to the district competition! Congratulations, Tetje!"

     “I would like to thank the Oley Valley School District for their support in our Essay and Oratorical contest,” said Haddad. “A special thank you to Oley Valley Superintendent Dr. Gina Finnerty for allowing us to include the students from Oley Valley School District in our programs. We look forward to working with the Oley Valley School District again next year and beyond.”

     The Optimist Club of Boyertown serves 1750 students in the Boyertown community with seven major sports programs which include football, cheering, field hockey, basketball, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and softball. If you would like to learn more about what the Optimist Club of Boyertown does or how to get involved with the club, email them at

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