“Making a Difference” Essay Contest Winners Announced

Posted on 1/30/2012 9:49:46 AM

IUP’s Cook Honors College recently announced the winners of the Making a Difference essay contest. This annual national high school writing competition asks readers to reflect on how community service has been transformative in their lives. The essay contest ties to the Cook Honors College focus on preparing tomorrow’s leaders not only in the classroom, but through experiential education where current students actively volunteer and participate in their community.

Margaret Lucas, First Place Winner

Margaret Lucas of Biglerville, Pa., was named the overall contest winner with her essay entitled “Let Your Light Shine”. In response to being named a finalist, Margaret stated "I'm thrilled to be named a finalist in the Making a Difference essay competition, both to be able to share how important community service is to me and to encourage others to find ways to serve, learn, and grow. Thank you, Cook Honors College, for giving me this opportunity to write about something that means so much to me!"

Read Margaret’s winning essay, as well as the essays of the second and third place writers and view a list of all honor mentions.