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Student Essay Contest

Student Essay Contest

Shepherd students are encouraged to enter the Common Reading Student Essay Contest.

A winning entry does/has the following elements:

Last Year’s Winner:

23′ – 24′ Common Reading essay contest winner announced

Shepherd student Lila Smith, a biochemistry major from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, has won this year’s Common Reading student essay contest. Smith’s essay, titled “Just Leave,” is based on “No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kills Us” by Rachel Louise Snyder, Shepherd’s 2023-2024 Common Reading book. Smith wrote the essay for an English composition class. Essays were judged by a panel of three faculty members. Smith opted to receive a $350 gift card to the Shepherd Bookstore as her prize. Congrats, Lila!