“Making a Difference” Essay Contest Winners

Posted on 12/17/2010 2:10:41 PM

IUP’s Cook Honors College and the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership sponsored a national “Making a Difference” essay contest. Students from twenty-six states answered the question “How have you been transformed by your community service?”

Dr. Janet Goebel, Cook Honors College director, said: “It’s very inspiring to read the many individual reflections on the power of giving to others. The social engagement of America’s young people truly is making a difference.”

“I am continually heartened by the enthusiasm which younger generations have for engaging in some of the difficult problems which our society—and indeed our world—faces. These students in particular represent a broader movement of young people who are determined to make a difference, determined to act, to be proactive in efforts to improve the lives of others” added Dr. Caleb Finegan, founding director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Student Leadership.

The winners of the 2010 Making a Difference Essay Contest are:

First Place

Stephanie Tran—read her essay
Temple City, Calif.

Second Place

Caitlyn Connolly
Scarborough, Maine

Honorable Mentions

Cody Stewart
Indiana, Pa.

Laura Hlusko
Fredonia, Pa.

Jessica Liu
Bethesda, Md.

Ji Su Ha
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Simone Mokum
Philadelphia, Pa.

Julie Contos
Waynesburg, Ohio

Alexandra Constable
Bethel, Ohio

Benjamin Jury
Burbank, Calif.

Maria Hadley
Dracut, Mass.

Lexie Orlowski
North Apollo, Pa.