Gateway Essay Contest Winners Announced

Feb. 10, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The IWU Writing Committee has selected the top essays in the annual Best Gateway Essay contest.

This year’s winner is Faith Borland ’17 for her essay “Leave Creation to the Creator: The Corrupt Creator in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” nominated by Adam Woodis, visiting assistant professor of German.  The two runners-up include: Meg Stanley ’17 for her essay  “Head Start as an Innovation,” nominated by Jeanne Koehler, assistant professor of educational studies; and Emma Alcock ’17 for her essay “Sprawl’s Scant Social and Civil Spheres,” nominated by Kathleen Montgomery, associate professor of political science.

The Gateway classes are small, discussion-oriented classes intended for students to improve their verbal and written communication skills. Each year, Gateway professors nominate up to three student essays. Writing Center tutors review the essays and faculty on the IWU Writing Committee then select the finalists. The selected winner receives $150, and the two runners-up receive $75.

By Kathy Tun ’16