22 Talented Students Honored for Original Writing

Manchester, CT – (December 21, 2007). . . Manchester Community College is pleased to announce the 22 winners of its annual Student Writing Contest. The following students received awards for their exceptional writing:

Research Paper

First place - Caitlin Daley of West Suffield, “To Reign and To Ruin: Consumerism’s Control over America and the World”

Second place - Linda Davenport of Andover, “The Shame within Their Hearts: The Rape of the Women of Darfur”

Third place - Ann Marie Carroll of Vernon/Rockville, “The Similarities with Quantum Physics and Buddhism”

Honorable Mention - Christina O’Connor of Vernon/Rockville, “Government Intervention Needed in the Obesity Epidemic”

Expository Essay

First place - Dawn Williams of West Hartford, “Eat and Be Merry”

Second place - Miranda Bergeron of Enfield, “A Method to his Madness”

Literary Criticism
First place - Doreen Downham of Manchester, “Stephen’s Exit from the Labyrinth”

Second place - William Sandoval of Windsor, “The All Too Human Stephen Dedalus”

Third place - Anthony Goiangos of Manchester, “Dear Mr. DiRaimo”

Honorable Mention - Jessica Bauer of Manchester, “The Realization of Freedom in the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin;” “Carnal Knowledge by T.C. Boyle,” and “A&P by John Updike”

Honorable Mention – Brie McNamar of Rocky Hill, “How Shakespeare Conveys His Main Theme”

Short Story
First place - Diana Ruman of Vernon/Rockville, “Morningstar”

Second place - Kathleen Kiley of Avon, “For the Love of Jimmy”

Honorable Mention - Russ Stockton of Windsor, “I Could Be Wrong”

Honorable Mention - Jessica Fitzgerald of Hebron, “The Ring” and “Just in Case”

Personal Essay
First place - Cynthia Roberts-Diaz of Newington, “Inspiration”

First place - Kelly Whinnem of Vernon/Rockville, “A Supermarket at 3 a.m.”

Second place - Penny Field of East Hartford, “Back in the Day”

Third place - Jennifer Gates of Manchester, “Dark Roast”

Honorable Mention - Edgar Kunz of Manchester, “Breathing”

Honorable Mention - Nicole Marella of Ellington “Big Deal”

Honorable Mention - Shannon Prescott of Willimantic “C-Section”

The writing contest was open to all MCC students enrolled during the 2006-2007 school year. More than 50 entries were submitted for original writing in categories including: personal essays, expository essays, literary criticism, research paper, short story and poetry. The winning entries in the poetry and short story category will be published in Shapes, MCC’s literary magazine.

Students of any age who possess the desire to pursue higher education are welcome at Manchester Community College. MCC is proud of its academic excellence, new facilities, flexible schedules, small classes, low tuition and faculty with both academic and “real world” credentials. The College offers over 60 programs, transfer options, financial aid and scholarships, as well as access to baccalaureate degrees through guaranteed admissions programs with several universities. MCC is situated on a park-like campus and is easily accessible from I-84.

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News Item Posted On: December 21, 2007
For Additional Information Contact: Endia DeCordova-Murphy at (860) 512-2914