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Taylor wins essay contest

The Butler County Optimist Club named the winner of its essay contest at its Monday night meeting. Pictured from left to right are Princeton Crenshaw (third place), Brett Taylor (first place) and LeAndria Peterson(second place). (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

Brett Taylor wants to be a difference maker.

It’s one of the reasons why the Greenville High School senior seeks out opportunities to serve his community and others. But for Taylor, it doesn’t stop there. He also wants to make a difference in others’ lives with a positive attitude.

“Community service is almost as infectious as a positive attitude,” Taylor told the Butler County Optimist Club Monday night.

Taylor said he believes a positive outlook can impact one’s community. He shared those thoughts as part of the club’s Optimist International Essay Contest. On Monday night, Taylor learned that his essay was selected as the contest’s winning essay.

Taylor will now compete in the district essay contest.

Each district will send the top entries to the international level. College scholarships are available for top winners at the district level.

Fellow GHS seniors LeAndria Peterson and Princeton Crenshaw were awarded second place and third place, respectively.