SSM BioScience Senior Wins Southern Minnesota Writing Contest

June 02, 2021


Helen Kliewer ’21, a senior in the BioScience Center of Excellence, recently won the South Central Service Cooperative (SCSC) Writing Contest, using her Senior Speech as her entry.

The SCSC Writing Contest was created in partnership with Minnesota State University, Mankato to provide students with a place to express themselves through a love of language, whether it be through fiction, non-fiction, or poetry. The theme of the 2020-21 contest was “Defining Moments,” or a “significant event or decision that influences the future.”

As a winner, Helen’s speech will be included in the 2020-21 Submitted Works Anthology, both in print and in e-book format. Her speech is available to read online for those in the SSM community. Titled, “Muskeg and Me,” Helen writes about her 21st day of a canoeing and camping trip in the Canadian wilderness, in which she was physically and mentally challenged more than ever before.

Along with this accolade, Helen finished her Senior Research Presentation for the BioScience COE, “The Influence of Native-ness of Language on the Moral Judgment of Bilingual (Spanish/English) Physicians,” which she presented virtually on April 28th. Helen will also be attending Case Western Reserve University next year.

We’re proud to celebrate the accomplishments of so many of our seniors this year. For more about our students’ successes, read about Amber Lu ’21, who also made her publishing debut this school year when she published her paper entitled, “The Silent Majority – Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and South Asia Phenotype,” in the journal of the Conference of Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare.

Helen gives her Senior Presentation over Zoom.