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.

Eight students earned prizes in the 2020 Common Reader Essay Contest, in response to Jose Antonio Vargas’ Dear America. In addition to receiving monetary awards for their essays, the winners attended a virtual “Meet and Greet” on Wednesday, October 21st with Author Jose Antonio Vargas and UD officials.

Here are the essay contest winners:

  • First place: Faith Kim, an Honors College student and Psychology major from Wilmington, Delaware.
  • Second Place: Nadya Ellerhorst, an Honors College student and International Relations major from Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Third Place: Boyang Ma, an Honors College student and Management major from Xi’an China.
  • Honorable Mention: Raktim Basu, an Honors College student and Applied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology major from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania.
  • Honorable Mention: Kathleen Knesek, an Art Conservation major from Shiner, Texas.
  • Honorable Mention: Kenneth Geisert, an Insect Ecology and Conservation major from Easton, Connecticut.
  • Honorable Mention: Angelia Monica, an Honors College student and International Business Studies major from Tangerang, Indonesia.
  • Honorable Mention: Daniel Tapel, an Honors College student and Actuarial Sciences major from Bear, Delaware.
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