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Past Leland Essay Winners

Note: Essays were written in the previous year and published after the English Awards Ceremony each spring

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003


 2016-2017

In February 2017, the following essays written in 2016 were selected as winners to be honored at English Awards Night in April 2017.

English 100:
English 180:
English 280:

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2015-2016

In February 2016, the following essays written in 2015 were selected as winners to be honored at English Awards Night in March 2016.

English 100:
English 180:
English 280:

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2014-2015

In February 2015, the following essays written in 2014 were selected as winners to be honored at English Awards Night in April 2015.

English 100:
English 180:
English 280:

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2013-2014

In February 2014, the following essays written in 2013 were selected as winners to be honored at English Awards Night in April 2014.

English 100
English 180
English 280

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2012-2013

English 100
English 180
English 280

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2011-2012 (pdf) Western Voices Cover 2012

English 100
  • 1st:  Meghan Garman, "Epidemic of Bullying" Instructor: Dr. Jacque Wilson-Jordan
  • 2nd: Dwight Field, "Not Just a Pole" Instructor: Dr. Jacque Wilson-Jordan
  • 3rd: Mia McLemore, "Red Hot" Instructor: Dr. Jacque Wilson-Jordan
English 180
  • 1st:  Charles Thomas, "Letter to Superintendent Koch"
  • 2nd: Chelsea Townsend, "Define Me"
  • 3rd: Kate Gehn (Glenn), "The Cycle"
English 280
  • 1st:  Matthew Gustafson, "A Libary for the Digital Age"
  • 2nd: Elana Katz, "Art vs. Crime"
  • 3rd: Hannah Feldhaus, "Romeo and Juliet: A Real Life Tragedy"

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2010 - 2011 Western Voices Cover 2011

English 100
  • 1st:  Jamiece Adams, "Am I All Wrong, or Am I All Right..."
  • 2nd: Kelly Smith, "Bullying"
  • 3rd: Kelsey Schroeder, "Even If It's Just a Memory, It's My Favorite One"
English 180
  • 1st:  Christina Prahler, "Guard Rails"
  • 2nd: Rachel Spreitzer, "Save Your Skin"
  • 3rd: Paige Timion, "Dingy Adventure"
English 280
  • 1st:  Jonathan Foltz, "Budget Cuts on Education: A Stake through the Heart of America"
  • 2nd: Layne Beuseling, "Massive and Modern Hollywood"
  • 3rd: Meghan Psiharis, "Best Supporting Country Is Truly a Sight to See"

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2009 - 2010 Western Voices Cover 2010

English 100
  • 1st:  Martina Rodgers, "New Experiences"
  • 2nd: Robin Jackson, "Starving Artist"
  • 3rd: Gianna Russo, "Nani"
English 180
  • 1st:  Geoff Norfleet, "As Far as I Could Go"
  • 2nd: Cody Brant, "When is Enough, Enough?"
  • 3rd: Jennifer Shackelford, "I am the Strong One"
English 280
  • 1st:  Diana Lozowska, "Legalizing Marijuana"
  • 2nd: Amber Simmons, "Wind Energy for a Better Tomorrow"
  • 3rd: Jackson Courter, "The Method of Martin Luther King, Jr."

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2008 - 2009 Western Voices Cover 2009

English 100
  • 1st:  Alex J. Crivolio, "Trophies of Hockey"
  • 2nd: Donovan Lowry, "Life-Long Memories"
  • 3rd: Madeline Swanson, "A Breath of Fresh Air"
English 180
  • 1st:  Tyler A. Gordon, "Losing the 'Real' in Reality"
  • 2nd: Jackson Courter, "Making the Cut"
  • 3rd: William Steele, "Russia's Wrongful Invasion of Georgia"
English 280
  • 1st:  Michael Pearce, "From the Classroom to the Camps: Doctors in Nazi Germany"
  • 2nd: Keri Plica, "Can I Have a Plus With That?"
  • 3rd: Jamese Carrell, "Homeschooling"

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2007 - 2008

English 100
  • 1st: Cameron Bohnstedt
  • 2nd:  Lauren Munson
  • 3rd: Steven Gryczka
English 180
  • 1st:  Katie M. Stein
  • 2nd: Tony Felbab
  • 3rd: Craig Morris
English 280
  • 1st:  Junko Minami
  • 2nd:   Micah Spayer
  • 3rd: Steven Sommers

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2006 - 2007 Western Voices Cover 2007

English 100
  • 1st:  Briana Lynn Williams, "The Ten-Foot Terror"
  • 2nd: Sara Foxman, "The Accident"
  • 3rd: Emily Kaiser, "Will Things Ever Change?"
  • Honorable mentions: Junko Minami,"The English Debate", Kelly O'Toole, "English 100"
English 180
  • 1st:  Chelsea Lynn DeRose, "Present Arms"
  • 2nd:   Amber Brainerd, "The Door Is Open"
  • 3rd: Amie Thurow, "Angel of Gabriel"
  • Honorable mentions: Christin Hemberger, "McDonough Country Animal Shelter", Marianna Vaughan,"The Athlete Artist"
English 280
  • 1st:  Nicole Swanson, "Utopia and Utilitarianism Undercover"
  • 2nd: Andrew Wessler, "Red Motor Madness"
  • 3rd: Jared Bohland, "Where's PawPaw?"
  • Honorable mentions: Andrew Nemeth, "Revealing the USA Patriot Act", Lily Simmons, "The Infinitesimal Moment"

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2005 - 2006 Western Voices Cover 2006

English 100
  • 1st:  Michael Bachner, "Worst Day"
  • 2nd: Jason Nuccio, "The Chase"
  • 3rd: Jared Williams, "The Crash"
English 180
  • 1st:  Dustin Heimer, "Love in an Elevator"
  • 2nd:  Shannon Durward, "Transforming Bureaucracies into Communities"
  • 3rd: Abigail Klokkenga, "Binge Drinking on College Campuses"
English 280
  • 1st:  Justin Bartlett, "Bridging the Gap of Religious Diversity"
  • 2nd:  Robert Deveraux, "Dreams, Memories, & Remembering"
  • 3rd: Jane Woerly, "Zero Tolerance"

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2004 - 2005 Western Voices Cover 2005

English 100
  • 1st:  Ryan Hackett, "What is Fair Game"
  • 2nd: Robert Paul Welch, "Cousin Dick"
  • 3rd: Luigi Sosi, "A Day in the Life of an Addict"
  • Honorable mentions: Alex Kuehn, "Blood-Stained Glass", Patrick Shippert, "Unexpected"
English 180
  • 1st:  Meghan Soustek, "There is More to Baste than Just Turkeys"
  • 2nd: Rachel Matecki, "Flowing Ivory"
  • 3rd: Angela Kerr, "Worth a Thousand Words"
  • Honorable mentions: Megan Griffin, "Pour Some Sugar on Me", Hillary Parks, "The Lack of Gifted Education Programs"
English 280
  • 1st:  Rachel Ellerbroek, "The Enduring Effects of Evil"
  • 2nd:  Lindsay Pettoruto, "Nano Revolution"
  • 3rd: Stephen Anthony Taylor, "Lifting the Ban"
  • Honorable mentions: Geoff Guist, "Springsteen and Diallo", Tiana Griffin, "It's Not a Quick Fix"

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2003 - 2004 Western Voices Cover 2004

English 100
  • 1st:  Nicci Kelley, "My Guardian Angel"
  • 2nd: Lindsey Heiden, "One Last Time"
  • 3rd: Katie Thompson, "View from the Top"
  • Honorable mentions: Erin Anderson, "Narrative of My Mother's Death", Jeff Wakeland, "Smoothing the Transition to College"
English 180
  • 1st:  Eric Hill, "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"
  • 2nd:  Emily Toohill, "Underweight Does Not Mean Unhealthy"
  • 3rd: Bridget Hills, "Should Smoking Be Banned on University Campuses?"
  • Honorable mentions: Kyla Cox, "Danger in the Streets", Kristen Vetter, "Treiber's Target"
English 280
  • 1st:  Ian Billingsley, "The Effectivenss of the "Male" Communication Style in Modern Society"
  • 2nd:  Alaina Maxwell, "Human Cloning: The Purpose, Prose, and Problems"
  • 3rd: Lynne Senne, "Style Analysis: Jonathan Swift, 'A Modest Proposal'"
  • Honorable mentions: Lasandra Charles, "The Rumor That Killed", LaQuenta Rudison, "Capital Punishment: The Contemporary Philosophical Perspective"

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2002 - 2003 Western Voices Cover 2002

English 100
  • 1st:  Chris Large, "The Marines: A Life Changing Experience"
  • 2nd:  Jeremy Eldridge, "Pool Party"
  • 3rd: Jeremy Zentner, "Conquering Fear"
  • Honorable mentions: Kisa Schmidtke, "When is it 'Fair Game'", Scott Fixmer II, "Fufilling My Childhood Dream"
English 180
  • 1st:  Chris Bell, "Seeing the Elephant: My War Story"
  • 2nd:  Lisa O'Brien, "The Gallop of Life"
  • 3rd: Reuben Ingram, "Shopping for the 'Write' Process"
  • Honorable mentions: Bill Donato, "The Adrenaline Rush of Friendship", Jennifer Whacker, "First Grade Curls"
English 280
  • 1st:  Kasey Tedford, "Birth Control: A Prescription in Need of Recognition"
  • 2nd:  Lindsay A. Blaine, "From 'Boob Tube' to Feeding Tube: The Media's Role in Young Girls' Eating Disorders"
  • 3rd: Kevin Froehlich, "Springsteen: The Power of 'American Skin'"
  • Honorable mentions: Danielle A. Boland, "Bombing at Dresden", Erin Waters, "How One Woman Lived Her Life in an Hour"

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