Generally, it probably isn't necessary to mention it in the optional essay. You can probably tie that into another essay in a subtle way. For example, it could serve as the setting for your "Why MBA" component.
As montana29 mentioned, if it is reserved for special circumstances, then you're better off not mentioning it (it would be difficult to put forward a compelling reason why that's special). Overall, it serves as a good "setting" so try to use it organically elsewhere.
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