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Student Essay Contest

Shepherd students are encouraged to enter the Common Reading Student Essay Contest. Entries should be emailed to shollida@shepherd.edu 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.

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom: Common Reading Student Essay Contest

Catherine Clinton writes, “Over the years Harriet Tubman’s charitable endeavors became a symbol for reformers, and her accomplishments the proof that individual dreams can shape a collective reality” (191). Indeed, Tubman serves as a role model for a life of meaningful service. Write an essay that builds on this idea, using one of the two approaches below:

A winning entry does/has the following elements: