High School Essay Contest 2015-16

Congratulations to the following students who were selected by a panel of judges as the 2015-16 WaCLA High School Essay Contest winners:

First Place
Yann Dardonville (PDF)
The Bush School, Seattle, WA

1st Place Yann Dardonville

Second Place
Emily Grahn (PDF)
River Ridge High School, Lacey, WA

2nd Place Emily Grahn

Third Place
Tara Hale (PDF)
Bellarmine Prepatory, Tacoma, WA

3rd Place Tara Hale

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, in no more than 500 words, to the following prompt:

Write an essay to your fellow high school students about why it's wise to pursue a liberal education.  Show how liberal education helps you understand an ethical issue that concerns you and your peers when you think about the future.

On behalf of WaCLA, thank you for participating!

Michael Zimmerman, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

The Evergreen State College


Mission Statement:

The Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) is an association of Washington state public and private higher education institutions, organizations and individuals promoting the value of a liberal arts education to the people and communities of the state.