2018 CHARACTER COUNTS! Essay Contest Winners

We are excited to announce the 2018 CHARACTER COUNTS! Essay Contest winners!

Collegiate Winners

1st Place: Hope Johnson, Kappa Alpha Theta

Hope Johnson

Hope is a junior graphic design and journalism double major at The University of Missouri. She is a member of the Alpha Mu chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta and serves as the organization’s Online Media Director. In addition to Greek life, she is the president of Mizzou’s Magazine Club and a graphic design intern in the university’s marketing department. In her free time, she loves to paint, collage, read psychological thrillers and scroll through Pinterest. Her dream is to one day be the art director at a women’s magazine in New York City. Click here to read her essay.


2nd Place: Rebecca Moore, Sigma Sigma Sigma

Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore is a junior at Gettysburg College majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. She is currently Sisterhood co-chair and Character Counts! Chair for the Delta Omicron chapter. Her dream is to work in pharmaceutical research towards a treatment for Autism. Click here to read her essay.


3rd Place: Beni DiVasta, Sigma Sigma Sigma

Beni DiVasta

Beni is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro majoring in Sociology with minors in Deaf Studies and Entrepreneurship. She currently serves as the chapter president of the Epsilon Nu chapter. Her goal is to be a consultant for non-profit organizations and start-up businesses. Click here to read her essay.


Alumnae Winners

Lisa Kincaid Daniels

Lisa Kincaid Daniels, Gamma Alpha

Lisa attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana where she was an RA and initiated into the Gamma Alpha Chapter in 1981. She attends Chicago North Shore and ChicagoNorthwest Suburban Alumnae Chapter events and previously served as Vice President for the former Northern Illinois Lakes Alumnae Chapter. Professionally, Lisais the Senior Program Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty for Judicial Services (court classes) with the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Illinois. She belongs to the University of Illinois Alumni Association (B.S. in education), Northern Illinois University Alumni Association (two M.S.Ed. degrees in education), the National Safety Council International Advisory Council, the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists, the Lake County Chiefs of Police Association, the Lake County Opioid Initiative, and several other community coalitions. Previous accolades include the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Justice Award, the NIU Robert M. Smith Scholarship in Adult Learning, and the National Safety Council Instructor of the Year. She and her husband of 32 years, Marc (M.S. in polymer science, UMASS), reside in Grayslake. Their son, Michael (M.P.A., UCONN), is the Economic Development Coordinator for the Town of East Hartford, Connecticut. Click here to read her essay


Brenna Smith, Beta Epsilon and Western Michigan Alumnae Chapter

Brenna Smith

Brenna attended Western Illinois University, where she joined the Beta Epsilon Chapter in 2013. During her collegiate years she served in a variety of roles including Chapter President.  She attended the Labyrinth Leadership Experience in 2015 and had the opportunity to mentor fellow collegiate members at the Dunham Woman of Character Institute in 2017.  Since earning her Master’s Degree in Communication from Western Illinois University this past May, Brenna has moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she works as the Special Project Coordinator at Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.  She is currently getting involved with the West Michigan Alumnae Chapter, was recently appointed Accreditation and Awards Advisor for Beta Epsilon and also volunteers on the Foundation’s March of Dimes Committee.  In her spare time, Brenna enjoys exploring Kalamazoo, reading, and organizing her Pinterest boards.  Click here to read her essay.