UNT takes home top spots in national white paper contest

Two UNT students have earned top spots in the Wholesale and Specialty Insurance Association’s (WSIA) nation-wide white paper contest.

Designed to increase education and awareness for wholesale insurance, the WSIA contest tasks students with addressing a modern issue in the insurance industry. Open to risk management and insurance, actuarial science, finance and business students, WSIA proposes three writing prompt topics to choose from: The Talent Crisis within the Insurance Industry, Rising Costs of Construction and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Enzo Terrell took home first place and $1,500 in the Mergers & Acquisitions category, while Rylie Mooney earned second place and a $1,000 cash prize in The Talent Crisis within the Insurance Industry category.
“My essay was about the talent crisis in the insurance industry right now, how that is affecting companies, and what they can do to attract new talent. My main points were how to appeal to young people through technology, why diversity and inclusion helps attract talent, and how companies are adapting to an ever-changing workplace,” said Mooney.
Both students are math majors, with minors in risk management and insurance, and both students chose to participate in the contest because they were enrolled in RMIN 2500 with Glen L. Taylor Professor of Insurance Dr. Yu-luen Ma.
“I worked on the essay with [Dr. Ma] throughout the semester, so I definitely credit her with helping me achieve this award,” said Mooney.