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Essay Contest

Join in the Civility Campaign Essay Contest to express your views on civility!

The Civility Campaign Essay Contest has now ended. Thank you to all our entrants and congratulations to the winners!

  • 1st Place: Charles Crabtree
  • 2nd Place: Lindsey Randall
  • 3rd Place: Brittany Cleggins
  • Honorable Mention: Richard Sims 
essay contest winners

Our winners, left to right, Lindsey Randell with her mother, Charles Crabtree with his friend, and Brittany Cleggins with her mother.


Essay Prompt:
How does the individual's choice to practice daily civility affect society at large?

All essays submitted for the contest will be reviewed by a panel of University of Memphis faculty, staff, and students. Three winning essays will be selected, and the authors will be invited to read their essays at a presentation ceremony to be announced; readings will be recorded and videos posted on the Respect webpage. Excerpts from the first place essay may be published in The Daily Helmsman.

      First Prize: Kindle Fire
      Second prize: $100 Declining Balance dollars
      Third prize: $100 Declining Balance dollars

Deadline for submission: March 19, 2012

Winners to be announced: April 2, 2012

Submit your essay now!*

*Essays will need to be uploaded to the student's UMdrive.  See submission form for instructions.

For general questions, please email Susan Te Paske at

For questions about the rules and guidelines, please email Terry Ansbro at

Essay Contest

Guidelines and Rules

How Essays Will Be Evaluated

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