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April 21, 2011

Cowley student among winners chosen in Stossel Essay contest


With over 7,500 essays from students across the country submitted in the What’s Great About America Stossel Essay contest, Maeve Bruner, a student at Cowley College’s Bloomenshine Center, was awarded Honorable Mention in the contest.

At the beginning of the semester, Cowley College adjunct sociology instructor, Stephani Johns-Hines, asked students in her class to submit an essay for the contest. With only 222 of the 7,514 essays submitted chosen as prizewinners, Bruner’s essay ranked among the top three percent. Winners received cash prizes ranging from $50 to $1,500, with the top-two winners receiving all-expense-paid trips to New York City for a taping of one of John Stossel’s weekly television show on the Fox Business network.

Philip Wegmann, an 18-year old homeschooler from Woodburn, Indiana nabbed the top prize. Second place was awarded to Dora Juhasz, a 14-year-old student at Parcells Middle School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan.

The contest was sponsored by the Sandra and Lawrence Post Family Foundation.