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2016 Essay Contest

Winning Entries

Topic: Education in Emma

Education is a running theme in Emma. For instance, there are teacher/pupil relationships, a school, and former and aspiring governesses. Discuss how this emphasis shapes the plot, develops characters or reflects the views of the period.

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Meg Levin


High School Division

Adrienne Berg
Woods Charter School
Chapel Hill, NC

Caroline Bolt
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Barbara Burnham
University of Texas
Austin, TX

Courtney O. Carlisle
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Becky Dolin
Graham School, University of
Chicago, Chicago, IL

Susan Durst
Boise Public Schools (retired)
Boise, ID

Norah Glickstein
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Jeanie Hoffman Lewis
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Lisa Lintner-Valenzuela
Louisville Free Public Library
Louisville, KY

Jennifer Little
Horace Mann School
New York, NY

Keiko Parker
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Sue Scott
Wake County Library
Raleigh, NC

Gina Sipley
Nassau Community College
Garden City, NY

Maria Spray
Saint John's College
Santa Fe, NM

Hannah Swamidoss
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Alisa Thomas
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls, GA

Judith Umbach
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Karin Wiberg
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

College/University Division

Pauline Beard
Pacific University (emerita)
Forest Grove, OR

Rosa Beyer
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Rachel Brownstein
Graduate Center, City University
of New York, NY

Marjean Cockran
Enterprise State Community
College, Enterprise, AL

Jessica Connolly
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Wendy Anne Lee
New York University, New York, NY

Nora Nachumi
Stern College for Women
Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Laura Novo
Friends Central School, Wynnewood, PA

Stephanie Oppenheim
Borough of Manhattan Community
College, City University of New York
, NY

Lisa Tyler
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

Kathleen Urda
Bronx Community College
City University of New York, NY

Susan Weisgrau
Akiba Hebrew Academy (retired)
Merion Station, PA

Graduate School Division

Deborah Knuth Klenck
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Sally Palmer
South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology, Rapid City, SD

Juliette Wells
Goucher College
Baltimore, MD