SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University announced the winners of the Common Reading/One Book, One Community 2011-12 student essay contest.
First place went to Rebecca McCoy for "Black Friday." McCoy received a $250 gift certificate to the Shepherd University Bookstore. Second place went to Summer Williams for "I Believe in Today." Williams received a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant. Third place went to Ethan Johnson for "We Need More Truck Drivers," and Ben Johnson for "The Power of Cheese Curls." They received a recently published book.
Seventy-nine students entered the contest. The winning essays will be included in the "Shepherd University: This I Believe, 2011-12."
The Common Reading Program is asking area residents to write essays based on the book, "This I Believe," edited by Dan Gediman and Jay Allison.
There will be a public reception at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Robert C. Byrd Legislative Center. The reading and reception are free and open to the public. Essays will be read aloud, recorded and played on the campus radio station, WSHC, at 89.7 FM.
For more information on the contest, contact Judi McIntyre at 304-876-5396.
For more information on the Common Reading Program, visit www.shepherd.edu/commonreading.