CUMMING, Ga. – Jessica Prouty, a senior at North Forsyth High School, won the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club’s 2017 essay contest. This is an annual competition open to Forsyth County students. The theme for this year was “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.” Prouty’s essay was the winner out of 333 entries.
“I wrote my paper from a personal experience perspective,” Prouty said.
Prouty underwent surgery to remove an ovarian dermoid cyst that is sometimes referred to as “a silent killer” in women.
“Jessica did a wonderful job of articulating in a clear and logical manner this year’s theme,” said Gwyn Hanie, committee chair of the Sawnee-Cumming Club’s essay contest.
Prouty lives in Cumming with her father and mother, Patrick and Judy, along with sisters, Kayleigh and Briana. She said that she hopes to study computer science at Georgia Tech.
Prouty was awarded $500 for her win. Her essay will be forwarded to the zone level to compete with winners from other Optimist Clubs in northeast Georgia. If a winner at that level, her essay will go to the district level that includes Georgia and east Tennessee.