2020 Essay Contest Winners

Eight students were awarded prizes in the 2020 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to the book Dear America, by Jose Antonio Vargas.

2019 Common Reader Essay Contest

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (2020) Jose Antonio Vargas takes audiences deeper into his story, sharing details of his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey...
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (2020)

Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen (2020)

Jose Antonio Vargas takes audiences deeper into his story, sharing details of his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hadn’t seen in person in over 20 years.