Winning Essays for 2011

2011 Essay Topic: Wealth and Happiness in Sense and Sensibility

The 2011 Essay Contest topic aligned with the JASNA Annual General Meeting theme, “Jane Austen: 200 years of Sense and Sensibility” in Fort Worth:

In Sense and Sensibility, consider Marianne’s and Elinor’s conversation (Vol 1, Ch 17):

     “What have wealth or grandeur to do with happiness?”
     “Grandeur has but little,” said Elinor, “but wealth has much to do with it.”

How are wealth and happiness related in Sense and Sensibility?

High School Division

First Prize Winner: Connie Zhang, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, OH
Essay: Wealth of Happiness: Reading Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
Mentor: Jeffrey Arndt, Columbus Academy, Gahanna, OH
Second Prize Winner: Angela Lee, Hunter College High School, New York, NY
Essay: A Proper Establishment: Wealth and Happiness in Sense and Sensibility
Mentor: Ms. Lois Refkin, New York, NY
Third Prize Winner: Elizabeth S. You, Centreville High School, Centreville, VA
Essay: I Did it My Way: The Relationship between Money, Gender and Happiness

College/University Division

First Prize Winner: Faith B. Dickens, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Essay: Whims of the Wealthy: Marriage and Desire for Sense and Sensibility’s Miss Grey
Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Oliver, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Second Prize Winner: Hillary R. Casavant, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Essay: Romance and Riches: The Necessity of Wealth in Sense and Sensibility
Mentor: Dr. Kathleen Oliver, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
Third Prize Winner: Courtney P. Stevenson, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Essay: “One’s Fortune is Not One’s Own”: Money, Happiness, and Possession in Sense and Sensibility
Mentor:: Prof. David Faulkner, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Graduate Division

First Prize Winner: Shannon F. Chamberlain, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Essay: The Sisters Dashwood and the Invisible Hand
Mentor: Prof. Janet Sorensen, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Second Prize Winner: April A. Sopczak, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Essay: Fiscal Sense and Domestic Sensibilities
Mentor: Dr. Amy Robinson, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Third Prize Winner: Heather L. Marlaire, National University, La Jolla, CA
Essay: Happiness is: Using Sense to Cultivate Sensibility in Marriage

Judges

Many thanks to all judges of the 2011 Essay Contest.  There were two rounds of judging.  During round one, the judges read all the submissions from students at their judging level and selected the best to go forward to round two.  For round two, the judges read the selected essays at all levels and determined the winners listed above.

Eric Nye, Essay Contest Chair

High School Level

Heather Ackerman, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Jill Kristensen, Shoshoni High School, Shoshoni, WY
Laura Novo, Friends’ Central School, Wynnewood, PA

Undergraduate Level

Lana Dalley, California State University, Fullerton, CA
Andromeda Hartwick, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Ellen Moody, George Mason University, VA

Graduate Level

Kathleen Anderson, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
Elaine Bander, Dawson College, Montréal, Québec
Thomas Bonnell, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN