Carlow University Announces Winners of Ethics Essay Contest

Three western Pennsylvania high school students are winners in the inaugural Atkins Endowed Center for Ethics’ Essay Contest.

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Three Winning High School Students Are from Butler, Belle Vernon, and Norwin

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Atkins Endowed Center for Ethics at Carlow University has announced the winners of its essay contest that addressed the topic: Bleak New World – Ethics and the Dystopian Novel. The contest was open to high school juniors and seniors who could explore and question the moral values inherent in dystopian fiction.

The winners of the 2017 Atkins Endowed Center for Ethics’ High School Essay Contest, as well as their high school and the cash prize they received, are:

First Place – Megan McClymonds, Butler Area High School, $600.

Second Place – Jillian Kurta, Belle Vernon Area High School, $300.

Third Place – Melody Whittaker, Norwin High School, $100.

Formal presentation of the awards will take place during Carlow University’s 18th Annual Undergraduate Scholarship Day on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

“There were many fine essays submitted for this contest,” said William S. Schweers, JD, the inaugural executive director of the Atkins Center .  “Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all of the entrants for their excellent efforts.”

For questions and more information about the 2018 essay contest, please email after August 1, 2018.


 About the Atkins Center

Carlow University has established the Atkins Endowed Center for Ethics, a new initiative made possible through a gift from Michele Atkins, a Carlow alumna, and her husband, Patrick Atkins, PhD.  The goal of the center is to develop student leaders and to promote civil discourse on moral and social issues facing out country and the world today.

About Carlow University

Carlow is a private, co-educational, Catholic university located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s “Eds, Meds, and Tech” district. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy, Carlow’s graduates, curricula, and partnerships reflect its strong commitment to social justice; ethical, forward-thinking and responsible leadership; and service to the community that has a meaningful impact. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in three colleges: Health and Wellness, Leadership and Social Change, and Learning and Innovation. Carlow graduates are in demand for their professional expertise, in fields ranging from nursing, the sciences, and perfusion technology to counseling, education, and forensic accounting; their entrepreneurial spirit and creative mindset; and their ability to manage change.  Carlow’s 13 athletic teams are known as the Celtics, a reflection of the university’s Irish heritage and roots.

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