Students Cortright, Scheunemann advance in liberal arts essay competition

Students Laura Cortright and Lyssa Scheunemann have been selected as UW-Green Bay’s finalists in the 9th annual Liberal Arts Essay Competition sponsored by SAGLA — the UW System’s “System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts.” Each will receive a $500 scholarship for the Fall 2014 semester, and have her work entered into the pool of essays from across the UW System for the next level of competition. Cortright is a freshman Music major and 2013 graduate of Pulaski High School who plans a career in music education. Her topic was “Beauty’s Truth.” Scheunemann, a transfer student and Bay Port High School graduate, is a senior majoring in Biology. Her essay was titled “Nature vs. Nurture in Education.”

Their essays will be published in the Fall 2014 issue of the Sheepshead Review. Associate Provost Andy Kersten thanked Dean Scott Furlong and faculty members Kristin Vespia, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst and Aaron Weinschenk for serving on the review committee.

This year’s essay competition approached the writings of historian William Cronon and the ten qualities he believes distinguish a liberally educated person; students were asked to describe a moment from their recent educations when they had been most vividly aware of the importance of one of these qualities.

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