Tri-State Truth, Meaning, and Value Essay Competition

The Department of Philosophy and Religion sponsors an annual annual essay competition for high school students who live in the Evansville tri-state area. The purpose of this competition is to encourage young people in our region to think about pressing contemporary issues. Each year, the department asks for responses to a question. Responding essays are then judged by a panel of faculty authors from the university. The competition carries cash prizes: $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd. Two additional essays receive an honorable mention. The first annual competition was held during the Spring of 2020.

2019-2020 Competition: What lessons should humanity learn from the 2020 coronavirus pandemic?

1st Place:
Skylar Young (10th Grade - South Spencer High School)
"The Lesson Humanity Desperately Needs to Learn"
2nd Place:
Aidan Kunst (12th Grade - Evansville Day School)
"Edge of Tomorrow: Humanity, the Pandemic, and Our Potential"
3rd Place:
Natalie Page (10th Grade - North High School)
"Humanity’s Greatest Lessons"
Honorable Mentions:
Ally Barnett (10th Grade - Reitz High School)
Jalyn Smith (10th Grade - Edwards County High School)

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