Cherokee HS Optimist Essay 3 9 20.jpg

Cherokee HS senior Heidi Martinez, right, is congratulated by Canton Optimist Rachel Ashe.

A Cherokee High School student has won a regional essay contest.

Senior Heidi Martinez earned first place in the Optimist International Essay Contest for the Zone 2 region. The region includes all of Cherokee County as well as Pickens and Gilmer counties, which together are served by nine Optimist Clubs. Heidi will now advance to the next level of competition. This year’s theme for the international contest is “Is Optimism the Key to Achieving the Dreams You iMagine?” Her winning essay is posted on the CCSD website.

Heidi will be recognized by the Cherokee County School Board and Superintendent of Schools at the School Board’s March 19 meeting, where Canton Optimist Club members will present her with her Zone 2 medal.

Support Local Journalism

Now, more than ever, residents need trustworthy reporting—but good journalism isn’t free. Please support us by purchasing a digital subscription. Your subscription will allow you unlimited access to important local news stories. Our mission is to keep our community informed and we appreciate your support.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.