Vasquez wins Earth Day Essay Contest

Release Date: 4/30/2009

Clarksville, Ark. – Martha Vasquez, a senior marketing and economics major from El Salvador, was named the winner of the Earth Day Essay Contest this week, as announced by Assistant Professor of English Dr. Brian Hardman.

Vasquez’s essay, “The Quest towards a Greener Ozarks,” was picked as the winner out of 18 entries in the fourth-year contest. Vasquez and four other University of the Ozarks students received cash prizes for their essays from sponsor Dr. Wayne Workman, a board of trustee member at Ozarks.

Students participating in the contest were asked to answer the following question in their essays: “What does the University of the Ozarks need to do to improve its energy and environmental policy?” Vasquez’s winning essay discussed the importance of keeping the Ozarks community aware of the efforts by the University’s Environmental Taskforce Committee. She also included that expanded efforts and activities by the Planet Club, among other student organizations, would benefit the Ozarks community.

A complete list of winners is listed below. Each of the winning essays may also be read by clicking on the appropriate link.

First Place: Martha Vasquez, "The Quest towards a Greener Ozarks"
Second Place: Maria Avila Davila, "Integrity, Commitment, Community"
Third Place: Lori Langman, "How to Improve the University of the Ozarks' Green Policies"
Fourth Place: Raquel Daboub, "A Sustainable University of the Ozarks"
Fifth Place: Andrea Dankert, "One Planet, One People"

Please note: all essays are in .pdf readable format.