Andrew Bell of Seaford, Del. wrote the winning essay in the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club contest and the Maryland/South Delaware District of Optimist International contest. A student at Sussex Tech High School, Bell won a $2,500 college scholarship. He also won $300 at the local level. In addition to Bell, local winners were second place, Jake Emche of Worcester Prep, and third place, Michelle Wangel of Stephan Decatur High School. Pictured, from left, Lew Frey, club vice president; Bell; Bob Russell, club president; Wangel; and Ralph Green, club vice president.