Third annual Young Alumni Essay Contest results

Author: Carol Schaal

Where there’s a will there’s not always a way. Michael Augsberger ’10 details his journey from fledging runner to desperate miscreant in his “Home marathon” essay, which won first place in this magazine’s third annual Young Alumni Essay Contest.

Editors spent a day reading the entries in the 2015 contest and selected the winners after follow-up readings and discussions. The names of the authors were not attached to the essays and were not revealed until after the winning entries were chosen.

Augsberger’s first-place essay and Will Erickson’s second-place essay appear in the print issue’s CrossCurrents section and also online. The four honorable-mention essays will appear at in the coming weeks.

The winning 2015 contest essays and their authors are:

First place ($500 prize):

"Home marathon,” Michael Augsberger ’10

Second place ($250 prize):

“Broken things and worn-out tools,” Will Erickson ’10

Honorable mention ($50 prize):

“Calling Yaya,” Sara Felsenstein ’12

“The hoop,” Marisa Iati ’14

“The road unplanned,” Brenna Decker ’10

“What hurts,” Kate Zinsmeister Harvey ’10