High School Essay Contest

2016-17 High School Essay Contest Winners

First and Second Year Students

Portrait WaCLA High School Essay Contest Winner

First Place

McKinzie Murray
Olympia High School, Olympia, WA

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Portrait WaCLA High School Essay Contest Winner

Second Place

Willow Cook
Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center, Arlington, WA

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Portrait WaCLA High School Essay Contest Winner

Third Place

Elliot Grahn
River Ridge High School, Lacey, WA

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Contest Details

The First Prize winner earned a $3,000 scholarship to a Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) school, the Second Prize winner earned a $2,000 scholarship to a WaCLA institution, and the Third Prize winner earned a $1,000 scholarship to a WaCLA school. Winners must be admitted to and matriculate in a WaCLA institution to receive their scholarship. Participating institutions can be viewed on the Member Institutions page.

This contest is part of the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts outreach program designed to promote the power and value of the liberal arts. Numerous colleges and universities, both public and private, two-year and four-year, all across the state of Washington have come together to create a cohesive, coherent voice.

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 can help students become effective and responsible members of their communities. Choose a current controversial issue in your community and explain how you think a liberal arts education would shape your understanding of that issue from different perspectives.

On behalf of WaCLA, thank you for participating!

Michael Zimmerman
Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Evergreen State College