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Student Essay Contest

Shepherd students are encouraged to enter the Common Reading Student Essay Contest. Entries should be emailed to and are being accepted now through April 1, 2022. The winner will receive $350 toward Shepherd tuition and/or textbooks. 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. Choose one of the following prompts related to “Harriet Tubman” to write about. Follow the guidelines below to ensure your essay meets submission requirements.

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Guidelines – A winning entry has the following elements: