Class of 2024 Honor Council Summer Essay Contest (Racial Justice)

This year Honor Council released two prompts for the Honor Council Summer Essay Contest for the Class of 2024. One of the prompts related to racial justice as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. Participants replied to the following prompt: How have current events and movements (such as the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and the prevalence of Black Lives Matter) shaped your understanding of integrity as it relates to race? Congratulations to the winner, Anthony Salgado, as well as the runner-ups, Kennon Walton and Sachin Shah. Anthony Salgado, 1st Place Racism is Alive [Trigger warning: this essay includes racial slurs and the mention of police violence/aggression] The effe

Class of 2024 Honor Council Summer Essay Contest ("Know My Name")

This year Honor Council released two prompts for the Honor Council Summer Essay Contest for the Class of 2024. One of the prompts related to the Duke Common Experience summer reading book Know my Name by Chanel Miller. Participants replied to the following prompt: How does “Know My Name” exemplify honor and integrity, ie. as in regard to the importance of honesty and empathy in difficult situations? Congratulations to the winner, Linda Cao as well as the runner-ups, Cindy Xu and Annie Bao. Linda Cao, 1st Place A Cruel World by Choice Growing up, I was told that the world is a cruel place. Yet, what sounds like elderly wisdom is sometimes exploited to negate and justify horrendous acts – glo

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