Northwood University Announces the Charles M. Bauervic Essay Contest Finalists

(l-r): Nicholas Vetrano, Adam Zanetti and Harry Flotemersch.

On Wednesday, March 19, Northwood University and the Charles M. Bauervic Foundation announced the winners of the annual Fall Term Essay Contest on Northwood’s campus 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 Charles Bauervic’s 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. They are then judged and prizes are awarded at an afternoon reception.

This year’s topic was “What differences in state fiscal and regulatory policy explain why some states in the U.S. do better than others in terms of employment, business investment and standards of living?” Academic Dean Lance Lewis and Economics Department Chair Dale Matcheck honored the winning students by presenting each with a certificate and a check. Judges for the contest this year were Professors Cliff Harris and John Grether and Dr. Timothy Nash, vice president for strategic and corporate alliances and the Fry endowed professor in free market economics. The finalists were honored at a reception in the Sloan Alumni Lounge where they were joined by Kristin Stehouwer, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief academic officer, and Brian Parr, Northwood liaison to the Bauervic Foundation. The Bauervic essay contest is annually coordinated by the Northwood Strosacker Library.

Adam Zanetti, a senior majoring in economics and the son of Robert and Janice Zanetti of Lansing, took first place. The title of his essay is “State Fiscal and Regulatory Policy: A Performance Comparison.”

Nicholas Vetrano, a senior majoring in finance and economics and the son of Jim and Shelley Vetrano of Buffalo, MN, earned second place. His essay is titled “The Differences in State Fiscal and Regulatory Policies.”

Harry Flotemersch, a junior majoring in economics and the son of Harry and Debra Flotemersch of Goodrich, earned third place. The title of his essay is “The Harbinger of Prosperity.”


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.