Kishwaukee College student Levee Callahan has been selected the winner of the Kish’s 2019 Paul Simon Student Essay contest. Callahan, of Sycamore, received a $500 Kish scholarship check along with a certificate of achievement at the Board of Trustees meeting on April 9. His essay was forwarded to the statewide competition.
The Paul Simon Student Essay contest is held annually by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association (ICCTA). All ICCTA member colleges may enter one student essay in the statewide competition each year. If Callahan’s essay is selected as the statewide winner, he will be invited to the annual ICCTA awards banquet in June, his essay will be published in the Illinois Trustee newsletter, and he will receive another $500 scholarship.
Contestants were asked to write an essay on the topic How My Community College has Changed My Life. “I wanted to show why I came Kish,” Callahan explains. “There’s a wonderful support system here that helped me lay out a plan [for my future].”
Callahan’s essay examines how his career planning class influenced his career trajectory and how the College has made a lasting, positive impact on his life.
An excerpt from Callahan’s winning essay—
One class in that rigorous schedule, which was really a turning point in my life, was career planning. This is the first class I have had where I was taught about the business world, and how to be a professional. In fact, it was in this class where I determined my major; through some personality and interest testing I decided to look further into Mechanical Engineering. When it came time to interview a professional about their career (one assignment in my career planning class) I interviewed the head of the Engineering department, and I soaked up every word he had said.
To read Callahan’s essay in full, please visit www.kish.edu/iccta.
Photo caption: Levee Callahan, Sycamore, has been selected as the winner of the Kishwaukee College 2019 Paul Simon Student Essay contest. Callahan’s winning essay has been entered into the statewide competition. Pictured, L to R, are: Dr. Laurie Borowicz, President of Kishwaukee College, Levee Callahan, winner of Kish’s 2019 Paul Simon Essay Contest; and Robert Johnson, Chair of the Kishwaukee College Board of Trustees.