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European Union Center
honors three essay winners
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Three
Illinois high school students were honored for their submissions to
an essay contest sponsored by the University of Illinois' European Union
The center inaugurated the
contest to coincide with its annual European Union Day and State of
the European Union Address. This year's address was presented Oct. 27
by Francois Bujon, the French ambassador to the United States.
The contest was open to
all Illinois high school students, who were invited to write on the
topic "Agree or Disagree: The Enlargement of the European Union is a
threat to U.S. Economic Security."
Essays were judged on quality
of writing, persuasiveness of argument, clarity of key points and overall
The winning entry was submitted
by Jennifer Klafehn, who attends Nequa Valley High School, Naperville.
Klafehn received a certificate and $100.
Second place honors went
to Mathew Woodbury, University High School, Urbana. Woodbury received
a certificate and $50.
Placing third was another
Nequa Valley High student, James Belsante. He received a certificate
All three winners were invited
to attend an EU Day luncheon at the Urbana campus, and were introduced
to the French ambassador.