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...

2018 Common Reader Essay Contest Winners

Lab Girl (2018) Lab Girl Hope Jahren   Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab... Discover more Eight students were awarded prizes in the 2018 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to book Lab Girl by Hope...

2018 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...