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AEL Collegiate Essay Contest: 2018 Winners

2018 Winners

After careful review by the contest judges, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 AEL Collegiate Essay Competition. 

First Prize: Daniel Friend, Azusa Pacific University, "Work: The Source of American Exceptionalism"

Second Prize: Not Awarded 

Third Prize: Emilia Fredrickson, University of St. Thomas, "Feeding the World: American Exceptionalism Through Agriculture"

First Place

Daniel Friend

Daniel Friend is currently a senior at Azusa Pacific University where he is majoring in Political Science as well as Humanities through the university’s Honors College, a Great Books program. Throughout his time at APU, he has developed an interest in philosophy, U.S. relations with Russia and China, and political rhetoric. As hobbies, he enjoys photography, filmmaking, and writing a novel that he is determined to finish someday. Over the past two summers during his time in college, he helped manage a congressional campaign in his home state of Oklahoma, and while on campus he has worked as an administrative assistant intern in the Honors College office. He hopes to be able to transfer the skills he has developed in these roles to an internship and career on Capitol Hill.

Third Place

Emilia Fredrickson is a sophomore student at the University of St. Thomas. She is majoring in communications and journalism with a focus in creative multimedia and minoring in Spanish. She enjoys photography, writing, nature, and spending time with her friends in the many coffee shops and restaurants of the Twin Cities. She is originally from Northfield, MN and  graduated from Northfield High School in 2018.