Joshua Helgeson of Rochelle has been selected as the winner of the Illinois Community College Trustees Association Paul Simon Student Essay Contest at Kishwaukee College.
Helgeson received a certificate and reimbursement of his Spring 2013 tuition and fees from the Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting held April 16. Helgeson’s essay will now be entered in the statewide competition to possibly earn an additional $500 stipend to be used toward Fall 2013 educational expenses.
The Paul Simon Essay Contest is held annually. Each community college in the state of Illinois is invited to hold an essay competition for its students, select the best essay submitted at their school, and forward that essay to the state-level competition.
The essays submitted are required to be no more than 500-words on the topic “How My Community College Changed My Life.” Helgson’s winning essay, titled “In a Blink of an Eye,” detailed his shift in perspective after a baseball injury sidelined him from playing the game he loved and made him realize his potential as a student at Kishwaukee College.
If his essay is selected as the statewide winner, Helgeson will be invited to the annual ICCTA Conference in June.