Sacred Heart Greenwich senior Elizabeth Murray’s essay, "Science vs. God in Early American Literature," was selected for a panel at this year’s Writopia Lab Youth Essay Conference. Murray composed the original version of the essay in her junior year American Literature class under the mentorship of Upper School English teacher Dr. Matthew Lillo.
Murray learned about how many Puritans fell ill during their voyage and subsequently blamed God’s will when reading about the Puritans’ emigration to Plymouth Plantation in Dr. Lillo’s course. Having cultivated a personal interest in the relationship between science and religion during her time at Sacred Heart, Murray’s big question became, “How can you talk about one, but not the other? It’s not saying that one isn’t true, but that both can be true.”
Reflecting on Murray’s accomplishment, Assistant Head of School Linda Vasu said, “The [Youth Essay] Conference places [Elizabeth] in a vanguard of cross-disciplinary critical thinkers, and is a superb opportunity for scholarly dialogue on important issues.”