CULLOWHEE – Three Western Carolina University students recently claimed top honors in a campuswide essay contest on the topic “America Without the First Amendment.”
Emmanuel Crump, a junior from Bessemer City, won first place. A 2003 graduate of Highland School of Technology and an engineering technology major, Crump is the son of Norman and Rene Crump.
Brenda Sallee, a sophomore from Hickory, claimed second place. A 2005 graduate of St. Stephens High School and a communication major, Sallee is the daughter of Larry and Shirley Sallee.
Meshia Marie Kerley, a junior from Taylorsville, took third prize. A 2003 graduate of Alexander Central High School, Kerley is the daughter of David and Susan Kerley.
The contest, part of a university celebration of the U.S. Constitution, was open to all Western students. Essays were evaluated by a panel of judges composed of faculty members from the departments of history, philosophy, and political sciences and political affairs, and students from the Western Carolinian newsmagazine and Hunter Library.
The contest was sponsored by Western’s Student Government Association, Honors College, History Club, Pi Gamma Mu international honor society, Phi Alpha Theta history honors society, Office of the Provost and Public Policy Institute.