First Year Experience announces winners of Third Annual Essay Contest

First Year Experience announces winners of Third Annual Essay Contest

The First Year and Transfer Experience Program recently announced the winners of its Third Annual Freshmen Essay Competition. In their essays, contestants addressed their role as they near the completion of their first year as a college student describing how they have changed and talking about their biggest challenge and greatest achievement.

Essays were judged based on the quality of the writing and the meaningful insight provided on the topics. Marcus Anderson from Woodville, Mississippi, wrote the winning essay and received a Nook. Tiffany Montrise Ware from Fayette, Mississippi, was the second place winner. She received a $125 ASU Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate. Shawana Ramsey from Flint, Michigan, won third place and received an ASU Barnes and Noble Gift Certificate for $75.

“This was the third year that incoming freshmen participated in an essay competition,” said Dr. Patricia White, director of First Year Experience Program. “It was launched to provide a common educational experience, to reinforce the importance of college and teach students to think critically thereby building a stronger campus community because writing matters.”

The winning essays were selected by faculty members from the English and Foreign Languages Department including Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Scurria, instructors Henry Davis, Dr. Annie-Marie Obilade and Dr. Janice Coleman. Special thanks to Dominic Raby, manager of ASU Barnes and Noble Bookstore for his support of the Third Annual Essay Contest.

Essay Winers

Pictured: First Year Experience staff with the competition winners.