Northwood University Announces the Charles M. Bauervic Essay Contest Winners

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The Bauervic Award seeks to honor his work and philosophy by encouraging free enterprise for the public good.
(l-r): Ryan Mirto, first place; Nicholas Vetrano, fourth place; and Alyssa Mediate, third place. (Brittany Robichaud, second place, is not pictured.)

(l-r): Ryan Mirto, first place; Nicholas Vetrano, fourth place; and Alyssa Mediate, third place. (Brittany Robichaud, second place, is not pictured.)

March 28, 2013

MIDLAND, MI – Recently the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation held its annual Fall Term Essay Contest at Northwood University to continue its focus on “honoring a lifelong commitment to encouraging private enterprise for the public good through education, dedication and advocacy.” The Bauervic Award seeks to honor his work and philosophy by encouraging free enterprise for the public good. Each year students are asked to write an essay on a pre-selected topic concerning free enterprise. The essays are then judged and prizes are awarded at an afternoon reception.

This year’s topic was “U.S. Government Control and Subsidy of Energy vs. Private Sector Investment and Development.” Dr. Lance Lewis, academic dean, honored the winning students by presenting each with a certificate and a cash award. Judges for the contest were Professors Jay Chandran; John Grether; and Dale Matcheck, chair of the economics department at Northwood. The finalists were honored at a reception in the Upper Lobby of Griswold Communications Center where they were joined by Pat Leonard, executive director of the Bauervic Foundation. Leonard spoke on the history and mission of the Foundation and how the essay contest honors the work and philosophy of Charles Bauervic. The Bauervic essay contest is annually coordinated and promoted by Northwood’s Strosacker Library.

Ryan Mirto, a senior from Canfield, Ohio, and son of Toby and Janet Mirto, took first place; Brittany Robichaud, a senior and the daughter of John and Rhonda Robichaud from Monroe, earned second placeAlyssa Mediate, a senior and the daughter of Anthony and Kathleen Mediate from Hartland, earned third place; and Nicholas Vetrano, a junior and the son of Jim and Shelley Vetrano from Buffalo, MN, earned fourth place.

The following are the titles of the winners’ essays: “An Analysis of Governments, Markets, and Energy” by Ryan Mirto; “The Control of Energy” by Brittany Robichaud; “U.S. Government Control and Subsidy of Energy vs. Private Sector Investment and Development” by Alyssa Mediate; and “Let the Consumers Make the Decision” by Nicholas Vetrano.

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