Liberal Education Essay Contest: The winner is…
The Liberal Education Essay Evaluation Committee deliberated and has selected the student award winners for the Liberal Education Essay Contest. UW-Parkside Associate Professor of Communication Theresa Castor said freshman Michelle Melotik won first prize, with Diana Drevalas placing second, and Joellyn Steinman third.
The essay topic stated: "Over the past two years, we have seen a Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election and a presidential race that both generated a great deal of civic discourse. How has your liberal education helped you process, develop informed opinions, and make decisions about what you see and hear and guided your participation as a citizen? How has your liberal education helped you interact with people with whom you disagree on the events that have taken place?"
Melotik's winning entry, titled "The Fluidity of Politics," was very strong, committee member said, in addressing the specific topic in ways that showed how she has applied the principles of a liberal education to difficult political conversations within her family. "She particularly focuses," they said, "on how recent politics in Wisconsin have impacted her family and their interactions."
Drevalas' essay, "The Democratic Process: From Education to Action," eloquently showed a strong understanding of the conceptual intersections between political discourse and liberal education, the committee said.
Steinman's "Hail to the Underdogs: How I plan to use my liberal education advocating for pit bulls," showed her passion for causes and how she has used her liberal education to help empower herself as an advocate of difficult causes.Castor thanked the UW-Parkside Alumni Association for the monetary awards--$150 to Melotik, $100 to Drevalas and, $50 Steinman. She also praised the General Education Committee, TLC's James Robinson, and evaluation committee members Teresa Coronado, Stephen Hawk, Lauren McCoy, and Teresa Reinders for their help with the essay contest.