WHS' Dudley is winner in statewide essay contest
ERIN TRESTER, Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington High School senior has been selected as one of the winners of the statewide BestPrep’s essay competition.
The contest asked entrants to write an essay based on former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley’s book, “We Can All Do Better.” As a winner, WHS’ Will Dudley and teacher Penny Troe were invited to a private reception with Bradley at BestPrep’s Educational Forum Oct. 16 in Minneapolis.
“It started as a school assignment by my business and economics teacher, Mrs. Troe,” Dudley said. “Everyone in my class sent their essay in to BestPrep, and soon after I found out I was placed in the top 20.
“I was a little surprised that I was chosen, because it just started out as a class assignment,” he added.
The top 20 students were able to meet and participate in a question-and-answer session with the former senator. Dudley was awarded his certificate, a copy of Bradley’s book and a $75 gift card to Target.
“Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the reception because of our last home football game,” said Dudley, who played quarterback for the Trojans during the just-completed season, “but I was told the award will be sent to me later this week.”
Troe was also unable to attend the event.
“I am very proud of Will and his achievements,” she said.
The students’ essays centered on Bradley’s review of the state of the nation, focusing on topics such as job creation, deficit reduction, education and immigration. Students were asked their thoughts on America’s current condition and how its citizens can all help to solve the critical issues, or “do better.”
“My essay was about education and changing perceptions,” Dudley said. “I wrote about how people are taught to think a certain way, but how thinking outside of the box can make each situation better.”
In his essay, Dudley writes: “I agree with Mr. Bradley. We all need to do better, but the thing to work on most is teaching our young kids to be self-reliant, responsible and changing the attitude of students across the nation. That is how America can do better.”
BestPrep’s mission is to prepare students with business, career and financial literacy skills through hands-on experiences.
“Our judges were thoroughly impressed with the quality of the essays,” said Bob Kaitz, president and CEO of BestPrep. “The ideas and insights the students shared offer much hope for the future of Minnesota and the country.”
BestPrep holds the contest — open to Minnesota high school students in a public, private, charter or home school — twice per year. For more information, visit www.bestprep.org.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.