Sammy Xu snags the gold medal AGAIN for his outstanding essay on Stephen Crane!
Sammy said that this essay was a nine out of ten as far as the difficulty level. His classmates will probably concur as the drafting process for this type of critical analysis essay has been quite involved. Students were required to both serve as interrogators of their subject matter by working with a sub-thesis, and were challenged to substantiate their arguments, early on (or throughout) with scholarly articles. It is not so easy to enter into discourse (peopled with academics and graduate students) about a major writer, and this is why their drafts received so much scrutiny, and why they tirelessly had to re-draft.
Sammy is a two-time gold winner! His previous first-place essay can be read here. Congratulations young man! Stay tuned for other Stephen Crane essays from Jason Li and Christine Deng, William Gao and Andrew Lim.