New Jersey High School Earns Top Spots in Shmoop Essay Contest

Grand Prize Winner Pockets iPad 3G and Shares the Wealth;
Entire School Receives Free Shmoop Online Test Prep and Teacher’s Editions for One Year

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2010) – Shmoop (, a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials, announces
the winners of its Fall 2010 High School Essay Contest. Out of the hundreds of entries received
from around the globe, three students from Old Tappan High School in Old Tappan, N.J.,
received the top recognitions in this year’s competition.

The grand prize winner, Ken Li, took home an iPad 3G and earned a Shmoop VIP Pass for his entire high school. Thanks to Li, students at Old Tappan High School will enjoy one
year of free access to Shmoop Test Prep (PSAT, SAT, and AP Exams) and Shmoop
Teacher’s Editions. In addition, Christine Kim and Han Sol Park are proud owners of
Shmoop swag after earning spots in the top five entries.

"I am very proud of Han Sol, Christine, and especially Ken, who all wrote wonderful, insightful essays," said Jennifer Dee, the students’ English Teacher at Old Tappan High
School. "I am also grateful for our school’s subscription to Shmoop, one of the few
websites I recommend to my students. They are captivated by Shmoop’s informal and
irreverent style, and I find the scholarship and analysis extremely beneficial for students."

Last fall, high school students were tasked with writing an essay pondering the sanity of
the narrators in Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, "The Raven," and short story, "The Tell-
Tale Heart."

Get more information regarding the contest and read Li’s winning essay.

"I am thrilled that our students Ken, Christine and Han Sol were selected as finalists for the Shmoop Essay Contest," said Fred Hessler, Principal at Old Tappan High School. "We
also welcome the opportunity to share the free online test prep from Shmoop with our
students. It’s never too early for our students to learn how to take college entrance exams
such as the SAT and ACT, while learning more from their teachers on a daily basis."

The Shmoop Essay Contest was judged by Esther Wojcicki, who serves as a Special Advisor to Shmoop. Wojcicki teaches English and journalism at Palo Alto High School
in California, is Chairwoman of Creative Commons, and blogs for The Huffington Post.
She was named the 2002 California Teacher of the Year.

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