18 Talented Students Honored for Original Writing

Manchester, Conn., – (December 22, 2009). . . Manchester Community College is pleased to announce the winners of its annual Student Writing Contest. The following students received awards for their exceptional writing:

Personal Essay
First Place - J. Ashley Odell of Manchester, “At the End of the Narrow Road to the Backcountry”

Second Place - J. Ashley Odell of Manchester, “Family Histories”

Expository Essay
First Place - Chelsea Atkinson of Manchester, “Video Games”

Research Paper
First Place - Sheila Glynn Privitera of Rocky Hill, “An Gorta Mor: ‘The Great Hunger”

Literary Criticism
First Place - Cecilia Roehl of Glastonbury,“The Importance of Point of View in ‘The Things They Carried’ ”

Second Place - Joseph Cavanagh of Mansfield Center, “An Air of Exactitude”

Third Place - Dacia Ruth Ball of Vernon/Rockville, “Transformation through Suffering”
Honorable Mention - Sarah Squires of Bolton, “Poetry about Pain”

Short Story
First Place - Thomas Wisk of New Britain, “Sometimes it Just Happens”

Second Place - Danielle Rivers of Stafford Springs, “The Web We Weave”

Third Place - David St. Jacques of Tolland, “The End of the Bottle”

Honorable Mention - Kevin Covill of Manchester, “Two Weeks Ago”

Honorable Mention - Kevin Covill of Manchester, “The Recollection”

Honorable Mention- Nick Vince of East Hartford, “The Letter”

First Place - Ken Harvill of Manchester, “My Father’s Grave”

Second Place - Kimberly Gilmore of Columbia, “Appreciation””

Third Place - Sabrina Cwikla of Windsor Locks, “FOB Liberty: Baghdad, Iraq”

Honorable Mention - Rachel Devereaux of Manchester, “Share”

Honorable Mention - Haley Renfro of Colchester, “Truth is the Purest Form of Sin”

Honorable Mention - Rob Petrini of Simsbury, “Old Mill”

The John Gustavson Prize for Humorous Writing
First Place - David St. Jacques of Tolland, “Sorry for the Late Reply”

The writing contest was open to all MCC students enrolled during the 2008-2009 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. Winning entries in the poetry and short story category may be published in Shapes, MCC’s literary magazine.

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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.

News Item Posted On: December 22, 2009
For Additional Information Contact: Endia DeCordova-Murphy at (860) 512-2914