NEACAC's 2017 Essay Contest Information 

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) announced its Annual Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors in the spring. NEACAC is an educational association of more than 3,700 secondary school counselors, college and university admission and financial aid counselors, and individuals who work with students in the transition from high school to postsecondary education.

High school juniors and seniors from NEACAC-member high schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont were invited to submit a 500-word essay on the following topic:

Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community?

A panel of NEACAC members judged essays based on originality, creativity, focus, clarity, and structure. Students from a broad range of academic preparation were encouraged to apply.

2017 Essay Winners

Six winners—one from each of the six New England states— were awarded a $1000 scholarship and received recognition at an awards ceremony during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Conference. Over 200 submissions were made. The 2017 Essay Contest Winners:

Vermont: Chloe Burkett, Burr and Burton Academy

Rhode Island: Abby Mansolillo, Moses Brown School

New Hampshire: Kylie Hancock, Alvirne High School

Maine: Joshua Passarelli, Scarborough High School

Massachusetts: Jordan Kei-Rahn, Longmeadow High School

Connecticut: Natalia Savkovic, Masuk High School


Information on the 2018 Essay Contest will be available in the winter of 2017. If you have any questions, please contact essaycontest@neacac.org.