Walla Walla High School senior Shelby Gordon placed first in the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts-sponsored essay contest. Jake Vasilj of Spokane and Megan Ahrendt of Nine Mile Falls, earned second- and third-place honors, according to a release.
The Consortium is a group of top Washington state public and private colleges and universities.
Participants were required to discuss the relationship between liberal arts and democratic principles 500 words or less. Shelby received a $3,000 scholarship to a WaCLA school. The second-place prize was a $2,000 scholarship, and third place was $1,000.
“Liberal arts have given me the priceless gift of well-ordered thought, which I will carry with me for the rest of my life,” Shelby said. Her essay noted how the liberal arts open the door to thinking and problem solving.
The WaCLA consortium includes the University of Washington, The Evergreen State College, Washington State University, Whitman College, South Puget Sound Community College, Eastern Washington University and several others throughout the state.