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2017 Reed Essay Contest winners honored

Posted: Mar 27, 2017

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Jennifer Cox, first place winner in Olivet Nazarene University's 2017 Reed Leadership Essay Contest

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Timothy Mayotte, second place winner in Olivet Nazarene University's 2017 Reed Leadership Essay Contest

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Rachel Tobey, third place winner in Olivet Nazarene University's 2017 Reed Leadership Essay Contest

In a special essay competition for sophomores only, 37 Olivet Nazarene University students accepted the challenge to write on this topic: “What are the challenges and complexities of embracing the call to leadership in a world that is demanding something new of you as a Christian leader, especially in a globally diverse, multi-cultural world?” The resulting essays became their entries in the annual Reed Leadership Essay Contest, sponsored by The David L. Elwood Center for Student Success.

This year’s winners are:
Jennifer Cox, a psychology major from Caldwell, Idaho; first place ($500); “A New Weapon
Timothy Mayotte, a biology major from Jackson, Michigan; second place ($250); “Called to Lead
Rachel Tobey, a music ministry major from Howell, Michigan; third place ($100); “Christian Leadership in Modern Culture

The winning essays are now available on Olivet’s Digital Commons academic repository site at digitalcommons.olivet.edu.

This annual essay competition occurs in conjunction with the Reed Institute for the Advancement of Leadership’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This year’s award recipient is Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, recognized for her tireless work in the area of racial reconciliation over the past 30 years. Each essay contest participant received a copy of her book, Roadmap to Reconciliation.

To learn more about the services Olivet provides to encourage and assist its students, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.