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.

Ten students were awarded prizes in the 2017 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to book The Underground Railroad by Colsen Whitehead.

Here are the winners:

  • First place: Jillian Krol, a nursing major from Rockaway Park, NY
  • Second place: Michael Szczechowski, an Honors Program student and neuroscience major from Newark, DE
  • Third place: Shay Lukas, an Honors Program student and international business studies major from Boxborough, MA
  • Fourth place: Rebecca Clements, an Honors Program student and chemical engineering from Haddon Heights, NJ
  • Honorable Mention: Alyssa Dorsey, a nursing major from Southborough, MA
  • Honorable Mention: Anna Cauchy, an Honors Program student and nursing major from Wilmington, DE
  • Honorable Mention: Nicole Gomez, a political science major from New Providence, NJ
  • Honorable Mention: Anna Laderman, an Honors Program student and business major from Malvern, PA
  • Honorable Mention: Brianna Martinez, a university studies major from New Castle, DE
  • Honorable Mention: Jenna Whiting, an Honors Program student and management major from Newark, DE
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