Students Write International Award Winning EssaysMay 6, 2008
Christendom College Junior James Tillman placed first in Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) international annual Culture of Enterprise Student Essay Contest. Senior John Jalsevac placed third in the same contest. Senior Cassidy Bugos placed first in the 2007-2008 Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) College Essay Contest.
Tillman will receive a $10,000 award and Jalsevac will receive $2,000. Both were honored at the ISI Indianapolis Leadership Conference on April 14. Bugos was awarded the first place prize of $5,000 for her essay, which answered the question: What role should “women’s issues” play in the 2008 elections and how do you define women’s issues?
The topic of ISI’s contest was Can Character and Communities Survive in an Age of Globalization? According toISI’s website, “the contest is designed to encourage students to reflect on the relationship between free enterprise and the institutions and mores that define a particular culture.”
“I was about as surprised as I was thrilled when I found out I won,” Tillman said. “The time when I had thought the contest winner would be announced was long over. I was at home and all of my younger siblings were as thrilled as I was too.”
"Winning ISI's Culture of Enterprise essay contest was very exciting,” Jalsevac said. “Not only because of the cash prize, but also for the encouragement it gave me as an aspiring writer and intellectual.”
Jalsevac was excited to see two Christendom students as finalists in his writing competition.
“The international contest is extremely competitive, with submissions coming from some of the most prestigious universities around the globe,” Jalsevac said. “That Christendom has produced two winners is an extraordinary testament to the education that we have received from the college and its professors. I know that personally I could never have won the contest without all the intellectual and technical training I have received from my professors over the years."
Bugos, who is to be married to Jalsevac on May 15, agreed.
"My classmates and I have been thoroughly steeped in the Catholic intellectual life and we will graduate caring deeply about the pressing needs of the world.” Bugos said. “This is the example that has been shown to us by our faculty and by the authors we’ve studied. We leave Christendom knowing that sometimes being a follower of Christ means feeding the homeless, and sometimes it means clobbering Clinton and Obama.”
Both Tillman’s and Jalsevac’s essays are available on ISI’s website. Bugos’ essay can be found at IWF’s website.
“These organizations received countless outstanding entries for the annual contests,” Political Science Professor Bracy Bersnak said. “It’s wonderful to see three of our students at the top of international lists. It’s a testament to our great program here and the fact that our students can compete with the best in the world.”
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