MALTA — Nicolas Uecker has been selected the winner of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA) Paul Simon Student Essay Contest at Kishwaukee College. Uecker, Genoa, received a certificate and $500 toward his Spring 2018 tuition and fees from the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting held April 10. Uecker’s essay will now be entered in the statewide competition to possibly earn an additional stipend to be used toward Fall 2018 educational expenses.
The Paul Simon Essay Contest is held annually. Each community college in the state of Illinois is invited to hold the essay competition for its students, select the best essay submitted at their school, and forward that essay to the state-level competition. The essays submitted are required to be no more than 500-words on the topic How My Community College Changed My Life. If his essay is selected as the statewide winner, Uecker will be invited to the annual ICCTA Conference in June.
Uecker crafted his essay on his choice to attend community college was the best decision because it allowed him to have the opportunity to mature and become a more confident student. Essays were juried by members of the Kishwaukee College English department.
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