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Princeton Tutoring, a private tutoring company, held its first essay competition in 2011 and announced this school year that ETHS Senior Nikki Freihofer won a cash prize for the best essay by a high school student. Princeton Tutoring Partner Greg Wong notified the ETHS English Department that the judges unanimously selected her essay as this year’s best because it was “creative, well-written, and thoughtful.”

Princeton Tutoring launched the competition with the goal to recognize and reward exceptional local talent, as well as to foster creativity, intellectual curiosity, and self-awareness through exploration of interesting topics. This year, high school students were asked to write essays to address the question: “Do you believe there are inherent conflicts between achieving both success and happiness?” Essays were evaluated on both style and content with judges looking for writing that is original, clear, articulate, and logically organized.

Nikki is currently serving as the senior executive editor of the ETHS school newspaper The Evanstonian. ETHS English teacher Rodney Lowe, who is the student adviser for the The Evanstonian, said, “Everyone is very proud to celebrate Nikki’s winning essay … [and] she will be recognized at our upcoming Pen & Press Tea.”