2014 Shapiro Contest : Common Read Category Winners

Our first Common Common Read essay competition was a success!

Students entered writing projects inspired by this year’s Common Read text, Ten Letters: Stories Americans Tell their President.

Judges selected four prize-winning pieces.

Congratulations to James Bowser and Mary Schwab, who took prizes in both categories.

Composition I Common Read Research Category

  • Mary Schwab “Don’t Forget about the Animals.” $300
  • James Bowser “The Sole Way of Ending Poverty in America.” $300

Composition I Common Read Non-Research Category


  • Mary Schwab “Rhetorical Analysis of ‘I Was Bullied in High School and Seriously Contemplated Suicide.” $100
  • James Bowser “Letter to UT President Lloyd Jacobs.” $100