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2013 ~ One Book One College - The Other Wes Moore: Writing Contest

Spring 2013 Massasoit One Book One College selection: The Other Wes Moore and history of the OBOC community reads program.

Contest Winners

Writing Contest

Celebrate One Book, One College with Massasoit as we read and respond to Wes Moore’s The Other Wes Moore. The book tells the story of two men who grew up in the same neighborhood under similar circumstances. One has gone on to become a Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow, business leader, and writer. The other serves a life sentence in prison. The author explores their divergent paths—as well as what connects them—in an effort to define what factors might influence opportunity and success.


Consider one of the following questions:

*How has your environment (for example, your neighborhood, your home life, or your country) shaped you? How has it contributed to who you are today?


*Do you think that other people’s expectations of you define you? If someone you care for expects you to succeed—or fail—will you? Where does personal responsibility come into play?


*Think for a moment without boundaries. When you dream—when you imagine all of the possibilities in life—what do you dream? How can you make those dreams a reality?


Format: Short story, memoir/personal essay, research essay, or poem. Typed & double-spaced, with your name & contact information. 5 pages maximum.


Submission: Entries will only be accepted in electronic format. Send your entry from your Massasoit email to: by Friday, April 5th.

A faculty/staff panel will judge the submissions based on creativity, clarity, and depth.