CUMMING — Christopher Snodgrass, a sophomore at North Forsyth High School, won the recent 2014 Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club essay contest.
His essay was tops among more than 150 entered by students from Forsyth County high schools. The theme for this year was, “How Dreams Lead to Success.”
Snodgrass received $500 and a certificate of achievement. His essay will be sent to the Optimist zone competition, where he will have a chance to move on to the district level and compete for a $2,500 scholarship. District winners are entered into the international essay contest.
"The essay gave me the opportunity to express my thoughts and experiences," he said.
Snodgrass has not selected colleges to consider, but is interested in engineering. He lives in Cumming with his parents, David and Hazel and four siblings.
North Forsyth journalism teacher Clori Rose-Geiger is the essay contest coordinator.
"Participating in the contest helps bring community to the students," she said. "It allows them to explore and express their own styles and encourages them to expand their ideas and views of the world.”
Perry Downen, the club’s essay chairman, praised Snodgrass.
"He expressed himself very well in the essay and certainly is deserving of first place recognition,” Downen said.