Annual Gateway Essay Contest Winners Announced

Dec. 1, 2016  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The IWU Writing Committee has selected the top essays in the 2015-16 Best Gateway Essay Contest.

This year’s winner is Rebecca Anderson ’19 (Clinton, Ill.) for her essay, “I, the unreliable, Rigoberta Menchu,” nominated by Writing Center Director Joel Haefner, from his Gateway section, Get a Life: Theory and Practice of Life Writing. The two runners-up include: Abigail Kauerauf ’19 (Springfield, Ill.) for her essay, “Captain Ahab and Her Crew,” and Madeline Gibson ’19 (Neoga, Ill.) for her essay, “Contrasting Biblical Themes in the Novel and Film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Both runners-up were nominated by Victoria Folse, Caroline F. Rupert Chair and Professor of Nursing, from her Gateway section Madness: The Portrayal of Mental Illness in Literature and the Media.

The Gateway course is a required course for first-year students, intended to improve their verbal and written communication skills through essays and class discussion. Each year, Gateway instructors are invited to 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 Vi Kakares ’20