Alex Chen '23 Wins Third Prize in Global Essay Competition
Congratulations to Archmere junior Alex Chen for winning the Third Prize in Economics from the John Locke Institute's 2021 Global Essay Competition. Alex competed against students from all over the world in this prestigious event, writing an economic essay titled, “Oxford’s Role in the Fight Against Inequality: From Serving the Elite to Uplifting the People”. First place went to a student in the United Kingdom, and second place to a student in India. All of the essay prizes were judged by senior academics from the University of Oxford, who chose an overall 'best essay' across seven subjects: philosophy, politics, economics, history, psychology, theology and law.
This year, the Global Essay Competition drew over 4,000 entries across all categories. Each category subsequently picked a few dozen entries to shortlist; Alex was one of 70 shortlist essays in the economics subject. Out of each shortlist, the top three essays are named Winner, Second Prize, and Third Prize, with one Grand Prize awarded to the top essay.
The John Locke Institute works with distinguished academics from Oxford and Princeton, and other leading universities, to deliver residential courses in philosophy, politics, economics, history and related subjects, in Oxford, Princeton and France. The Institute encourages young people to cultivate the characteristics that turn good students into great writers: independent thought, depth of knowledge, clear reasoning, critical analysis and persuasive style.