First Year OT Student, Jason Vice

Jason Vice, a first-year Occupational Therapy student, took third place and a $500 scholarship for his essay titled “Capturing the Spirit of Lakeshore: Five Lessons I’ve Learned Along the Way.”

Vice’s dad suffered a stroke five years ago and was admitted to Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital. That incident led to Vice studying OT and in his essay he refers to Stephens' wondering if he would have found his true calling if not for his accident.

“In the same fashion, I have often questioned where I would be today, if not for my father’s stroke in 2009,” wrote Vice. “I choose to believe that many of us are called to serve others and it often takes a fateful event, such as these, to open our eyes to the paths set before us.”

We give the final word to the winner, Papajohn, who captures a sentiment shared by everyone who submitted an essay for the contest.

“By committing to the principles laid out in this book and allowing the story of Lakeshore to inspire my own actions, I know that I will be a better hospital administrator and - more importantly - person than I otherwise would have become,” wrote Papajohn.