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Jeffries Win BSCTC Essay Contest


Big Sandy Community & Technical College (BSCTC) is pleased to announce Daniel K. Jeffries has won the 2020 Student Essay Contest with his work entitled "The Power of Hope." Jeffries will receive the $100 prize and an award certificate.

In writing his essay, in which he highlights the importance of forgiveness, Jeffries pulls from his studies in Comparative Religion, Introduction to Sociology and Anatomy and Physiology.

“I learned that it is up to me what burdens I allow myself to carry through life. I cannot control what others choose to do, but I can control how I respond. Out of a place of brokenness, I came to believe that forgiveness is freedom. Freedom from the bondage of bitterness and resentment, shame and regret,” said Jeffries.

The guidelines of the contest stipulate the essay must derive from courses the student is taking. Jeffries’s genius lies in his ability to tie three different disciplines to convey the meaning of forgiveness.

“Mr. Jeffries provides an inspiring understanding of what it means to let go of regrets, to forgive and to live with vibrancy and light,” said Dr. Sherry Zylka, President/CEO of BSCTC.

The contest is facilitated by the Communications and Writing Division and sponsored by the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation Board.

Jeffries, of Van Lear, Kentucky, is pursuing an Associate in Human Services degree at BSCTC.

(provided by Big Sandy Community and Technical College)

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