McKeown Scholars essay topics

 

2015

In Woburn -

If you were to create a graphic novel (comic book) with a new superhero who would combat society's greatest problem today, what problem would he/she attack and how? What powers would this superhero possess?

In Winchester -

If you could have invented any device, tool, or innovation of the modern age, what would it be and why? What modifications, if any, would you make to it, and why?

   
2014

In Woburn -

"Write a letter to your parents explaining why you need more/less independence, and why you are the way you are.”

In Winchester -

"If you founded your own college or university, which (if any) topics of study would you declare mandatory for all students and why? What would be the values and priorities of your institution and why?"

   
2013

In Woburn -

"We are becoming overwhelmingly dependent on computers. Is this dependence on computers a good thing or should we be more suspicious of their benefits?"

In Winchester -

"If you were to develop a new Mount Rushmore with sculptures of the faces of four individuals prominent in the last 50 years, which four individuals would you select and why?"

   
2012

In Woburn -

"In a speech several years ago, United States Attorney General Eric Holder observed that while the workplace is largely integrated, Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives. Holder stated, ‘Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.’ Do you agree or disagree with the attorney general and why?”

In Winchester -

"Do you believe there is a generation gap? Describe the differences between your generation and others."

   
2011

In Woburn -

"Some Colleges have adopted so-called 'speech codes,' under which students, faculty and staff are subject to punishment for their offensive remarks. Penalties for offensive speech may range from compulsory attendance at sensitivity classes to suspension or expulsion for students, and suspension or termination of employment for faculty or staff. What is your view of speech codes? Would the presence or absence of a strong speech code at a college influence your decision to attend that school?"

In Winchester -

"George Zambros of Rockefeller Foundation has offered you $1 million to give to a charity about which you are passionate, but only if you can persuade him that the cause is a worthy one. Write him a convincing letter about your cause of choice."

   
2010 "A national lifestyle magazine has named your community one of the top 25 places in the United States in which to live, and invited local officials to submit the article for publication that celebrates your community. The mayor/town manager has asked you, a municipal department intern, to craft the 500 to 1,000 word essay for the magazine that explains the reasons you believe your community merits this recognition."
   
2009 Please elaborate on your hopes and concerns for the new Obama administration and for the future of our nation, especially in light of the enormous challenges to today's American economy. If you were a senior advisor to President Obama, what advice would you give him?
   
2008 In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge facing your generation right now, or in the future? How will this challenge affect you personally, and what ideas do you have for dealing with this issue?
   
2007
Why would you like or dislike the idea of someday owning and operating your own business? What are your current thoughts about what that business might be and how it might serve/benefit the community?
   
2006
Evaluate a risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced, and its impact on you. What led to this occurrence in your life, how did you address it, and how did it affect you as a developing person?
   
2005
Identify what you believe to be the single most significant issue or problem facing your community at present, and prepare a persuasive argument to convince your city/town administrators to act upon your proposed solution to this issue/problem.
   
2004
This being a presidential election year, you are invited to speak before your high school graduating class about the importance of your newly earned right to vote. Specifically, explain the significance of this right to you as a young adult, and to the American way of life. How would you advise your classmates to responsibly exercise this right? What inherent responsibilities do you feel come with it?
 
2003
"The year is 2053, and you are speaking to an assembly of students at this high school. You have been asked to comment about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the international crisis of 2003. What would you say to the students about the global situation, reflecting on your own reaction to world issues when you were their age in 2003?"
 
2002
“Describe any thing(s) in your life that has/have changed since the national tragedies of September 11, 2001. How do you believe your life may or may not be permanently altered by these events?
 
2001




“You are assigned to mentor a junior high or middle school student, in preparation for his or her entrance into high school. Identify and explain three of the most important lessons you can impart to the student, based upon your own high school experience as it prepared you for adulthood.”
 
2000



“Identify what you believe to be the single most significant issue or problem facing your community at present, and prepare a persuasive argument to convince your city/town administrators to act upon your proposed solution to the issue/problem.”
 

1999





“Your community has been nominated as one of 20 finalists across the nation in TIME Magazine's 1999 Top 10 Municipalities of America competition. Your 500-word essay, to be read by the selection committee, will determine whether your city/town is or is not selected as a winner. Please prepare this essay, offering in a highly persuasive manner all reasons why the community where you reside should receive this prestigious recognition. Write and edit your document, as necessary, using all time allotted.”
 
McKeown Scholars Award Winners
($5,000 each through 2009; $10,000 each* beginning 2010)
Listed alphabetically, by city:
 

Beverly

 

Nicole Acciavatti - 2007

Karen Ballantyne - 1997

Josie Black - 1999

Ashtar Boulos - 2005

David Briand - 2005

Erin Bushey - 2009

Laura Cancellieri - 2003

Elizabeth Coburn - 2006

Griffin Coombs - 2006

Stephen J. Cottle - 2001

Daniel Creamer - 2009
(St. Johns Prep)

Samuel D'Amico - 2008
(St. Johns Prep)

Jessica Davidson - 2003

Mark DeLuca - 2004

Elisabeth Dwyer - 2008

Liana Eramo - 2009

Julie Flowers - 1997

Rebecca Folsom - 2003

Elizabeth Goodenough - 2004

Christian Hurst - 2007

William Karvouniaris - 2005

Emily Kenney - 2002

Meaghan Lyons - 2007

Laura Macomber - 2005

Thomas Mahoney - 2008

Sara M. Mailander - 2001

Ryan Malloy - 2000

Daniel Malone - 1997

Katharine L. McFadden - 2001

Daniel Meyer - 2006

Sara Milaschewski - 2002

Darcy Milburn - 2007

Jacquelyn Miller - 2003

Tara Murphy - 2002

Leanne Nagle - 1998

Lindsey O'Connell - 1997

Sarah O'Hare - 2004

Jenna Panunzio - 2009

Paula Raimo - 2004

Lauren Richardson - 2008

Jennifer Remare - 1998

Julia Reynolds - 2000

Danielle Schneider - 2002

Rachel Schneider - 1999

William Soares - 1998

Kyle Staller - 2000

Janelle Stokes - 2006

Laura Sullivan - 1998

Caitlin Sweeney - 1998

Hillary Tirrell - 1999

James Wilson - 1999

Maria E. Witwicki - 2001

 
Marlborough

 

Amira Bakr - 2002

Meghan Baldelli - 2006

Jason Baur - 2004

Evan Beamer - 2002

Jamie Bennett - 1997

Megan Bennett - 2006

Sarah Blake - 2003

Susan Buckwalter - 2000

Heather Cobb - 2001

Meghan Condry - 2006

James Doolin - 2006

Naima Farrell - 2003

Bernadette Foley - 2000

Heather Foley - 2003

Supriya Gundewar - 2005

Elizabeth Hanson - 2005

Peter Ireland - 2004

Reena Kadkade - 1997

Michael Kennard - 1999

Michelle Lamy - 2005

Lisa Mahoney - 2001

Andrew Marino - 1999

Meghan Phadke - 2004

Lauren Rigney - 1998

Lindsey Shapiro - 2002

Christopher Scott - 1998

Kathryn Scott - 2000

Colleen Sullivan - 1999

Carolyn Trapp - 2001

Jennifer Wahl - 1998

 
Stoneham

 

Marc Azer - 1999

Stella Barth - 2006

Deborah Berkman - 2000

Ann Marie Borchelt - 2001

Paul Born - 2009

Edward Breen - 1999

Caroline Carrns - 2009
(St. Mary's)

Peter Cucchiara - 2002

Maura Costello - 1997

Natalie Cusato - 1998

Jeanine D'Angelo - 1998

Theresa DiDonato - 1997

Emily DiPietro - 2007

Marlena Fecho - 2003

Jacqueline Feke - 1999

Danielle Festino - 2000

Xavier Garcia - 2001

Lin Gan - 2000

Max Grover - 2007

Corinna Jay - 2003

Meaghan Kelley - 2008

Alison Kelly - 2008

Allison Landers - 2005

Kelly Landers - 2007

Keith MacLeod - 2003

Lindsey Mahoney - 2009

Shiva Marvasti - 2004

Anne L. McDonnell - 2002

Eric McDowell - 2006

Robyn Migliorini - 2005

Jessica Morgan - 2006

Lindsay Morrissey - 2008

Julie O'Donnell - 2002

Daniel Pecci - 2004

Erika Paone - 1998

Lauren Stamatis - 2005

Shuanna Stanton - 2001

Caitlin Sullivan - 2004

 
Wilmington

 

Joseph Bamberg - 1997

Nina Burke - 2008

Lani Cabral-Pini - 2005

Christopher Cassidy - 1999

Shannon Cunningham - 2000

Melissa Estremera - 2004

Nicholas Farnsworth - 2008

Amanda Gustin - 2001

Sarah Jackson - 2005

Athena Karalekas - 2003

Stephanie Knoettner - 2007

Michele Lemos - 2001

Melissa Mahoney - 2009

Kevin Martin - 2007

Lauren McDonagh - 2006

Lauren Nikodemos - 2004

Lauren Olsen - 2002

Nira Pandya - 2009

Stephanie Parker - 2006

Kirsten Pizotti - 2002

Scott Swiezynski - 1998

David Velardo - 2003

 
Winchester

 

Laura Anglin - 2003

Shiri Avnery - 2000

Kayla Bell - 2015

Amanda Blaine - 1999

Joshua Blaine - 2002

Irena Brates - 2013

Jacqueline Chamberlain - 2000

Terry Chen* - 2010

Matthew Christian - 2002

David Conway - 2005

John Conway - 2000

Alissa Cooper - 2006

Alison Criscitiello - 1999

Nicholas Danella - 1997

Christine Donnelly - 2007

Joshua Feblowitz - 2005

Michael Feblowitz - 2009

Neil Foley - 2006

Chelsea Fujimoto - 2011

Michael Gilbert - 1998

Chad Hochberg - 2002

Jenna Kelly - 2006

Clara Kim - 1998

Jane Kim - 2001

Yuri Kolchinski - 2009

Paul Kuttner - 1998

Emily Leathers - 2003

Eva Lieberherr - 1999

Kaitlyn Lucey - 2004

Sarah MacArthur - 2003

Samuel McElhinney - 2007

Emily M. Nolan - 2001

Jenny Oberholtzer - 2007

Erika Olson - 2008

Christina Pappas - 2008

Caroline Pierce - 2012

Anna Reishus - 2014

Rhiannon Roberts - 1997

Barbara L. Seymour - 2001

Margaret Sobkowicz - 1997

Diane Soboski - 1997

Mark Tempesta - 2004

Emily Unger - 2009

Xiaowei Wang - 2004

Jenna Weiner - 2005

Caroline Wooten - 2008

Woburn

 

Michael Ardito - 2004

Jessica Ash - 2005

Katelyn Breen - 2006

Erin Briere - 1997

Lauren Brown - 2001

Katharyn T. Burns - 2001

Paula Cabral - 2007

Bethany Callahan - 2000

Hillary Callahan - 1998

Jessica Crawford - 2006

Andrew DiChiara - 2008

Julie Devaney - 2003

Dana Dexter - 1999

Kristin Donovan - 1997

Mark Doolin - 2004

Lauren Doucette - 1998

Paul Dwyer - 2004

Jason Fenton - 1999

David Fletcher - 2000

Lauren Foley - 2005

Tara E. Foley - 2001

Audrey Kate Gill - 2003

Gabriella Gobiel* - 2010

Johanna Griecci - 2002

Robyn Heater - 1998

Vanessa Higgins - 2004

Courtney Iverson - 1999

Jane Kim - 2002

Juliana Lague - 2006

Laree LaPierre - 2009

Katie Lennon - 2000

Timothy Loiselle - 2003

Maria Luz Corpuz - 1997

Nilofer Khalifa - 2002

Francesca Malvarosa - 2012

Divya Manoharan - 2002

Delaney McDaniel - 2015

Bryan McMahon - 1998

Joslyn McSheffrey - 2003

Katharine Miliano - 2007

Nicholas Minichiello - 2014

Leah Mulrenan - 2007

Lauren Nelson - 2005

Jacquelyn Nocella - 2009

Brendan O'Brien - 2008

Colleen O'Brien - 2007

Sarah O'Brien - 2011

Michael Paladino - 2013

Ashley Power - 2009

Jessica Prince - 2000

Jonathan Roketenetz - 2008

Riley Rousakis - 2009

Mary Samuelson - 1999

Dennis Scott - 2005

Susan Severance - 1997

Brian R. Skeffington - 2001

Melissa Skeffington - 1999

Brian Teague - 2008

Casey Wilson - 2006