Sioux City, Iowa – Morningside University is proud to announce that students Ellie Barber, Elaine Morgan, and Ezinne Odigbo are the winners of the 2023 Human Rights Essay Contest.

                  The contest is sponsored by the Morningside University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. The first-year student winner was Ezinne Odigbo. Ellie Barber won second-place for upper-level students, and Elaine Morgan one first place.  Odigbo is a freshman from Lekki in the Lagos State, Nigeria, who is majoring in computer science and marketing. Barber is a sophomore education major from Sioux City, Iowa. Morgan is a senior psychology major who hails from Council Bluff, Iowa.

                  The essay contest is held in conjunction with International Human Right Day, which is the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. 

                  You can read the winning essays by clicking the links below:

                  First-Year Student Essay

                  Ezinne Odigbo

                  Upper-Level Student Essays

                  First Place – Elaine Morgan

                  Second Place – Ellie Barber