HC student takes second place in national essay contest

Huntington, Ind.—An essay by Huntington College student Alison Young has won second place in the Al Sanders Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters. The national competition examines issues and concerns regarding Christian broadcasting and education.

Miss Young’s essay is titled, "All That Glitters Is Not Gold, or Oscar's Trash Can: Ethical/ Moral Content in Films and Its Impact on Society." Young argues that there is a correlation between the messages of Oscar-winning films and the pervasive cynicism of American youth. She urges Christian filmmakers to tackle the problem by replacing complacency and fakeness with the genuine beauty of Christ's message of love and redemption.

Miss Young is a junior at Huntington College pursuing a degree in media communication. She is the daughter of Philip and Karmon Young of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Huntington College communication professor Lance Clark said, "This is the third year in a row that our students have placed either first or second in this national essay contest. I am extremely proud of Alison. She is a reflection of the academic excellence we prize at Huntington College. Her high standards are greatly respected by her fellow students."

Miss Young will receive an academic scholarship award in the amount of $1,500. She will be publicly recognized for her achievement at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Dallas, Texas, February 9-13. She will fly to Dallas from Washington, DC, where she is spending the semester participating in the American Studies Program of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

A group of 16 students and faculty from Huntington College's Communication Department will also attend the convention and will be on hand to cheer Alison as she accepts her scholarship award.

The $1,500 scholarship is funded by Focus on the Family on behalf of Al Sanders, a pioneer in religious broadcasting. The competition is open to all full time US and Canadian undergraduate students who are majoring in communication, broadcasting or journalism.

Sharra Sieminski of Huntington College won first place in this essay competition in 2000. Click here for details.

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