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Best Gateway Essay Winners Announced

Oct. 29, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The IWU Writing Committee has announced the winners of the annual Best Gateway Essay Contest. Each year, Gateway professors are invited to nominate up to three student essays written in their classes. Teams of Writing Center tutors evaluate those papers. The Writing Committee then selects a winner and runner-up. Each winner receives a cash prize.

Megan Sperger ’18, a music theatre major from Ripon, Wis., received first place for her essay, “The False Idea of Human Nature’s Duality in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Sperger was nominated by Visiting Assistant Professor of German Adam Woodis as part of the “19th Century Gothic Fiction” Gateway course.

Runner-up was Naperville, Ill. native Andrew Pichette ’18, a history and political science double major. His essay, “The Rise of Boko Haram: An Analysis of Failed Governance,” was written for the “Peace and War in Modern World” Gateway course, and was nominated by Assistant Professor of Religion Nawaraj Chaulagain.

By Emily Phelps ’19