It is worth a special note that the three Yale winners from over the last six years all produced their award-winning essays while working with Anne Fadiman.
What is especially astonishing is that this year every single finalist and semifinalist in this category is a Yale student or alum. The finalists are Jennifer Gersten, Devon Geyelin, Jesse Schreck, and Yanan Wang. The semifinalists are Michelle Hackman, Katherine Lin, Sophie Mendelson, Katy Osborn, Jacob Osborne. I should add, too, that Yale was represented in the poetry category as well—Cynthia Hua is a finalist and Jordana Cepelewicz a semifinalist. Congratulations to all on such an unprecedented achievement!