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Link Institute announces essay contest winners

Huntington, Ind.-Link Institute is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 essay contest on "The Church." Read the winning essays on the YouthWorker Journal Web site.


Ian Roseen
First Place

Ian Roseen attends Moraine Valley Church in Palos Heights, Ill., where he is a member of the Revolution youth ministry. When he is not serving as an instructor in his church's English as a Second Language program, Roseen enjoys reading, writing and running. He will begin his college career this year as a freshman English/creative writing major.

Read Ian's essay >>>

Second Place


Hosanna Kabakoro
Hosanna Kabakoro is a home-educated high school junior from Twin Falls, Idaho, who hopes to attend a Christian college and major in journalism. She is Idaho's Prudential Spirit of Community Scholar, a 2009 Jefferson Award recipient, Girl Scout Gold Award medalist, a U.S. Congressional Award Bronze honoree, a Silver and Gold medalist, and attends First Southern Baptist Church where she leads AWANA, sings in the choir, teaches Sunday school and serves on the hospitality committee.

Read Hosanna's essay >>>

Third Place


Joelle Kriebel
Joelle Kriebel of Brookston, Ind., enjoys writing, singing, playing softball and serving God on short-term mission trips. This fall she plans to major in missions or English and minor in music at Huntington University.

Read Joelle's essay >>>

The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors.

Link Institute was founded in 1994 when the Merillat Foundation awarded Huntington University a generous grant. The Institute is perhaps the nation's first think tank and "living laboratory" dedicated to reaching teens with the Gospel.

Since its inception, Link Institute has been not only very busy in teaching and training youth ministry students at HU, but also in raising the standards of youth ministry through research, consulting, publishing, scholarly presentations, and leadership.