Courtney Huhta of Sycamore has been selected the winner of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Paul Simon Student Essay Contest at Kishwaukee College.
Huhta received a certificate and $500 toward her Spring 2017 tuition and fees from the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting held March 14. Huhta’s essay will now be entered in the statewide competition to possibly earn an additional stipend to be used toward Fall 2017 educational expenses.
The Paul Simon Essay Contest is held annually. Each community college in the state of Illinois is invited to hold the essay competition for its students, select the best essay submitted at their school, and forward that essay to the state-level competition. The essays submitted are required to be no more than 500 words on the topic How My Community College Changed My Life. If her essay is selected as the statewide winner, Huhta will be invited to the annual ICCTA Conference in June.
Huhta crafted her essay, titled "Dear Future Me," as a letter to her future self and how her experiences at Kish influenced her journey. Essays were juried by members of the Kishwaukee College English department.
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