One Pen Winner Challenges White Male Privilege, Runner-Up Tells Cosmetic, Clothing Industry to Think Beyond White Skin

April 8th, 2016 by Michael

Freshman Ian Gollihur of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy won first place in this year’s National Writing Project in New Hampshire’s One Pen Can Change the World essay contest for his powerful essay on white male privilege. Freshman Katherine Eastland of Souhegan High School was named runner-up for her “letter” to cosmetic and clothing industry for offering women of color too few make-up and attire options, especially when it comes to foundation.

Thirty-five students entered this year’s One Pen contest, which asks students to write about their ideas about justice. NWPNH

The winner and runner-up read their essays at a ceremony on April 7th, 2016 at the PSU graduate center in Concord. Their teachers and families joined them. NWPNH applauds all our student writers and thanks the teachers who encouraged them to share their views on justice with the world.


Pictured left to right: Souhegan High School Social Studies teacher Tony Doucet, with runner-up Kate Eastland, and winner Ian Gollihur and English teacher Sarah Hill, both of Coe-Brown Northwood Academy.

NWPNH holds the One Pen essay contest annually. This year the deadline for the contest is May 12, 2017.  Winners will be honored at a ceremony to be held  in Concord on Wednesday May 31st at 4:30 p.m.  Winners receive certificates, prizes and a book. Details about the contest can be found here. Or contact Meg Petersen with questions.