Oct. 12, 2009
While every professor hopes to inspire students to challenge themselves, there’s nothing quite like cold, hard cash to get students’ intellectual gears going.
City College students Dale Nelson, Jack Hill and Tighearnan Lee rose to the occasion and were announced the winners of City College’s first essay contest Sept. 18, taking home $1,000, $700, and $300 respectively.
All three students cited the money as their primary motivation to enter the contest.
Nelson, a history major tutor at the City College Writing Center and published author, says he wrote his essay in two days during finals week, while also writing a final paper for another class.
“It wasn’t shocking, but obviously it was a nice surprise,” Nelson says about winning top prize.
“I pretty much forgot about the thing— I actually entered it last December. They extended the deadline, so I could have revised, but I just let it go.”
Nelson says the prize money will go toward “regular expenses”.
“Maybe I’ll take my wife out to dinner. I’ll probably buy some shoes- maybe a couple books,” he added.
City College reading professor Denise Castenada says her objective with the essay contest was to encourage students to more fully explore an…» Read More