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FAU’s Wilkes Honors College Student Receives Award in National Essay Contest

            JUPITER, FL (February 18, 2010) – Christina Turn, a freshman at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, was awarded honorable mention in a scholarship competition  sponsored by the national non-partisan website Our Voice Our Country.   This prestigious competition drew 190 essays from students across the United States who posted concise, articulate descriptions of what they observe to be urgent national problems. The students also suggested plausible solutions or nominated experts in the field, who might be able to address each problem.

Turn sees poverty and homelessness as urgent national problems. “Through my volunteer work, I have seen the pain and destruction that homelessness and poverty can cause,” said Turn.  “I have also seen organizations that enable the needy to help themselves. I believe that our nation can unite to find a permanent solution to this problem.”

“All of us here at the Honors College are delighted that Christina has received this impressive recognition.  Each year, our incoming students arrive with exciting achievements and incredible experiences.  Christina is certainly living up to this high standard,” said Dr. Jeffrey Buller, dean of FAU’s Wilkes Honors College.

To learn more about Our Voice Our Country, visit .  To watch a short video Turn has created concerning her essay, visit


The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, located on FAU’s John D. MacArthur Campus, is a four-year residential liberal arts & science college for high achieving undergraduates.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit .

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