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Student Essay Contest

Common Reading Student Essay Contest
Shepherd students are encouraged to enter the Common Reading Student Essay Contest. Please share these guidelines with students and encourage them to enter. Entries should be emailed to and are being accepted now through April 1. The winner will receive $350 towards Shepherd University tuition or the purchase of an education-related device or tech gadget. Entries are judged by a panel of three faculty members using a rubric developed by the English Department. Essays written for a specific class or other assignment are acceptable. 

Breaking Night: Common Reading Essay Contest Prompts

Choose one of the following three prompts:

A winning entry does/has the following elements:

Congratulations to Shepherd freshman, Linnea Meyer, whose essay submission was selected as the winner of the 2016-2017 Common Reading Student Essay Contest. Click here for photos and the full press release.  Special thanks to our judges: Dr. Heidi Hanrahan, Dr. Laura Robertson, and Dr. Julia Sandy