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Mary Ning '19 takes first place in the College Essay Contest

Mary Ning '19 takes first place in the College Essay Contest

The College Counseling Office is proud to share the results of its annual College Essay Contest, now in its seventh year. This year, the College Counseling Office received 29 submissions from student-writers. The committee members — Mathematics Department faculty member Laurie Allen, Associate Director of College Counseling Emily Parliman, Science Department faculty member Beth Pethel, Associate Director of Admission and Coordinator of International Admission Jordan Shriver, Science Department and Student Life Office intern Michael Weinzierl, and English Department faculty member Brandi Wheeler — were tasked with reading, reviewing and ranking each essay.

Congratulations to Mary Ning '19 who took first place for her essay about gender identity and her dream to become a female politician.

"This morning, I opened my beautiful eyes, looked in the mirror, and saw a young leader committed to embracing herself and inspiring others to construct their own understanding of gender identity," she shared in her essay. "I will become an assertive female politician, breaking down any and all barriers to fight for gender equality and social justice."

The College Essay Contest has become a tradition at WRA that seniors and faculty enjoy.

"The college essay is a piece of writing that only a few people have the privilege of reading so it is special for these students to be able to share their work with the community," said Associate Director of College Counseling Jillian Nataupsky.

Congratulations to Meimei Tannehill '19 who took second place and Harlequin Fisher '19 who took third place. The three seniors all took home monetary prizes for their accomplishments.

Read all three winning essays in their entirety here.

In the fall, Mary moves onto The University of Chicago, Harley is headed to The Rhode Island School of Design and MeiMei will attend The Ohio State University. Congratulations, Pioneers, keep writing!