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Essay on sugar proves sweet: Bode wins prize

September  07, 2012

Natali Bode

Sophomore Natali Bode will be honored Sept. 18 as the winner of the 2012 Tredway Library Prize for First-Year Research. Bode's winning essay, "A Spoonful of Sugar," discusses the health risks of sugar consumption and explains how government regulation could play a role in solving the problem.

"In writing this essay, I learned that if you do some preliminary research about a topic before starting your essay, create an outline of your essay beforehand, and take things one step at a time, something as daunting as a 10 page paper can be accomplished," Bode said. "I also learned that talking ideas through with someone, like a professor or friend, helps construct an organized paper.

Bode wrote the paper for a first-year liberal studies class, "Power and Privilege in American Drama," taught by Dr. Jennifer Popple. 

The awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Sept. 18 at the library, second floor south. The award carries a $400 prize.

Bode is a sophomore from Aurora, Ill., majoring in elementary education. She participates in Club Ed and Spanish Club and also has been involved with the Augustana chapter of Camp Kesem, a national program that provides free camping opportunities to children affected by a parent's cancer.

Judges, who selected "A Spoonful of Sugar" from among 37 entries, said they were impressed by Bode's "well-developed proposed solutions — bold, yet practical — to a ubiquitous public health issue.

"Though governmental regulation of individuals' sugar consumption is a broad issue with many stakeholders, Natali's essay makes it more approachable by examining it first broadly and historically, then through specific present-day national and local Augustana examples. Natali skillfully weaves thorough research into her argument in a logical, reader-friendly approach, all the while gently addressing objections with rational and compassionate responses. Moreover, her paper is lively, engaging, and exhibits conscientious attention to the conventions of good writing."

Read Natali Bode's essay