WaCLA College Essay Contest

2016-17 College Essay Contest Winners

First and Second Year Students

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

First Place

Isabella Jong
Seattle University

The Importance of Diverse Perspectives (PDF)

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

Second Place

Mirka Mandich
Seattle University

Engineering Solutions (PDF)

 


 

Third and Fourth Year Students

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

First Place

Beth McFadden
Whitworth University

The Value of Perspective (PDF)

Portrait 2016-17 WaCLA College Essay Contest Winner

Second Place

Koby Andrews-Howards
Seattle University

Refugee Narratives: Testimony to the Importance of Admitting Ignorance (PDF)

 


 

Contest Details

The winning essays were reviewed by three panels of judges. A special thank you goes out to the panel of our finalist judges:

  • Steve Mullin, President of the Washington Roundtable
  • Scott Kennedy, External Relations Manager at the Seattle Chamber
  • Andi Smith, Director of External Relations for Governor Inslee
  • WaCLA member institutions

The student essays responded to the following prompt, in 500 words or less:

A liberal arts education is characterized, in part, by the idea that understanding many different ways of knowing helps students develop into effective and responsible members of their communities. Choose a current issue in your community and explain how you think about it as a liberally-educated citizen.

Michael Zimmerman
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Evergreen State College