Prizes were publicly awarded during the University’s "National Agenda" program on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 7:30pm in Mitchell Hall. Winners are highlighted below.

The UD Center for Political Communication, in association with the office of the Provost, conducted a campus-wide writing competition in Fall 2011, as the 2012 U.S. Presidential election campaign moved into high gear. The competition’s goals were to honor excellent, accessible writing, to encourage students to consider national and international issues, and to build political literacy on the UD campus.

The theme for the inaugural campus-wide competition was “No Apathy.” Entrants wrote brief essays in the form of pointed “op-ed” articles suitable for national publication. All UD students were eligible, and were encouraged to enter.

Entries were judged by UD faculty, and the award recipients received cash prizes as well as dinner with the University's National Agenda guest speaker, Professor and former CNN correspondent Ralph Begleiter, and other prominent experts in political science and communications.

There will be two winners chosen from among the entries. Their essays will be published on the “No Apathy” web site and made available to news organizations for consideration. Students may record their own essays for web posting as video commentaries, but will be judged on the basis of their writing.

Competition Rules:

  • Essays must be between 500 and 800 words.
  • Essays must focus on any national or international political issues likely to be faced by candidates for President of the United States, including, but not limited to those related to political communication. They need not be politically partisan, but there is no restriction on partisanship in these opinion commentaries. Students may propose specific policy recommendations, and may evaluate or critique current U.S. government activity or proposals.
  • Essays should address domestic issues or U.S. foreign policy.
  • Essays must be written to appeal to audiences of national or international interest web sites, newspapers video outlets or blogs.
  • Essays must be the original work of UD students enrolled during the Fall semester, 2011.

William Humphrey
Provost Tom Apple presented the writing awards on November 2, 2011

  • 1st Place $500 - William B. Humphrey, senior, Honors, Major in Political Science & International Relations, minors in Political Communication, History and Geography
    Essay entitled: "Real Problem in Congress" - read the essay!

  • Levi Sikes

    2nd Place $250 - Levi Sikes, junior, Major in English, Honors, minors in Political Science and Interactive Media
    Essay entitled: "Something Like Wishful Thinking" - read the essay!