Thesis Competition Winners Announced

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BELTON, TEXAS–In Providence Preparatory School’s Annual Senior Thesis Competition, Jared Yost took top honors, with his thesis entitled, “Narrowing the Gap:  How Historical Scholarship Reveals Truth About the Identity of Jesus of Nazareth.” This year, for the first time, the winners received scholarships, and Jared secured a $500 Scholarship to the university of his choice, Texas A&M University in College Station.

The two part competition included a Thesis Paper, written over the course of the senior year, and a twenty minute Thesis Presentation that included a question and answer session with a panel of judges.  Four judges scored the presentation, and the scores of the thesis defense were averaged together with the thesis paper score for an overall thesis score that determined the winners. The thesis is the capstone achievement of all graduates who earn a Providence diploma.

“The thesis competition challenges our seniors to think critically and logically about their ideas, and translate those opinions into persuasive, well-crafted written and spoken arguments. Defending a thesis is a college-level accomplishment, and Jared’s case for the historical Jesus superbly synthesized a lifetime of learning in all the disciplines,” said Bret Billman, Head of School.

Other winners included Cambrie Luce and Merrill Einboden, who tied for second place, each receiving a $300 scholarship to the school of their choice.  Cambrie’s thesis was entitled, “Personal Business: Why CEOs Should Construct Personal Brands.” Merrill’s thesis was entitled, “Just Keep Playing, Playing, Playing? The Negative Effects of Year-Round Sports on Children.” Sydney Vincent took third place honors, winning a $200 scholarship for her thesis entitled, “To Be or Not To Be: The Cultural Impact of Altered Teaching Methods of Shakespearean Plays.”

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