Peter Campanelli '18 takes first place in College Essay Contest

Peter Campanelli '18 takes first place in College Essay Contest

The College Counseling Office is proud to share the results of its Annual College Essay Contest, now in its sixth year. This year, the College Counseling Office received 26 submissions from student-writers. The judges — College Counselor and Modern & Classical Languages Department faculty member Jimmy Moynahan, Communications & Marketing Intern and Interim English faculty Aaron Bennett, Science Department faculty member Mark Skinner, English Department faculty member Amy Donnelly, History Department faculty member Khalid Madhi, and Mathematics Department faculty member Jennifer Nagano — were tasked with reading, reviewing and ranking each essay.

Peter Campanelli '18 reflected on his experiences in the 2017 and 2018 Summit County Miniature Bridge Building Competitions (MBBC) — the 2018 journey from failure to a 1st place win for him and his team built a bridge of understanding between the 18 year old and his nearly 80 year old grandfather, Tony. Peter shared, "Tony also taught us about the concept of the successful failure. From one point of view, failures, like lost jobs, bad tests, and breakups, are disappointing. From another, they are opportunities to solve one problem and discover a new challenge."

Read all three winning essays in their entirety here.

In the fall, Charlie moves onto The University of Chicago, Jade is headed to Amherst College and Peter will be in The Ohio State University Honors Program. Congratulations!