Read the winning essays for 2014!

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Mary Thomas Prappas Ethics Essay Contest

2014 Contest Winners

2014 MTP Winners

Front row from left: Mary Thomas Prappas, Dempsey Prappas.
Back row from left: Jade Manternach, Lydia Neeley, Rachel Fuller.

Prominent members of the Iowa business community read and evaluated the essays from among a pool of 10 finalists to determine the top three winners. Thanks to the generosity of Mary Thomas Prappas and Dempsey Prappas, first-, second-, and third-place winners received $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000, respectively.

Jade Manternach is the first place winner, Lydia Neeley is the second place winner, and Rachel Fuller is the third place winner. Jade Manternach, a Monticello, Iowa native, recently studied abroad in China and will be graduating in December 2014 with a degree in Entrepreneurial Management. She is currently applying to graduate programs in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Lydia Neeley, a senior from River Forest, Illinois, will be graduating in May 2015 with degrees in Economics (Policy) and in Interdepartmental Studies, with an emphasis on Health Science Entrepreneurship. She is planning to attend business school in the fall to pursue her MBA. Rachel Fuller, a native of Bettendorf, Iowa, is a senior majoring in Accounting. She recently accepted a job from John Deere and will begin working there after graduating in May. Congratulations to these three contestants.

Finalists for the 2014 contests also included Zach Desmond, Hayley Driscoll, Katherine Hauck, Kristofer Knight, Jake Luerkens, Aaron Morse, and Benjamin Olson. Congratulations to these finalists selected for their outstanding essays from over 1,000 contest entrants.

This year's contest will be based on a scenario that includes an ethical situation to reflect upon.

For more information about the contest contact Pamela Bourjaily, Director, Frank Center (