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Student Essay Contest

Student Essay Contest

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

The Prompt (or anti-prompt):
In the past, the Common Reading Student Essay Contest has been structured around a formal writing prompt which asked students to focus on a specific question or theme when crafting an essay. This year, rather than providing a formal prompt to students, we instead ask that you use your own discretion as you write an essay related to this year’s book, “No Visible Bruises.” Essays must still adhere to the guidelines provided below, but entries are not limited to a particular prompt or focus.

A winning entry does/has the following elements:

Last Year’s Winner:

22′-23′ Common Reading essay contest winner announced

Shepherd student Samuel Lake, a chemistry major from Charles Town, West Virginia, has won this year’s Common Reading student essay contest. Lake’s essay, titled “Ethical Opinions: Eisenberg’s Analysis of Society’s Failings,” is based on The Third Rainbow Girl by Emma Copley Eisenberg, Shepherd’s 2022-2023 Common Reading book. Lake wrote the essay for his fall 2022 First Year Experience Leadership class. Essays were judged by a panel of three faculty members. Lake opted to receive a $350 credit toward his fall 2023 tuition for his prize. Congrats, Sam!