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Miami announces winners of Great Seal Writing Contest

05/08/2013

Artist rendering. An open book within the seal, symbolizing accumalted wisdom, will feature Miami student writing.
Artist rendering. An open book within the seal, symbolizing accumalted wisdom, will feature Miami student writing.
Miami University sophomore Amanda Hancock is the grand prize winner of the Great Seal Writing Contest, in which students submitted entries to help write a piece of Miami history that will be housed within the new Armstrong Student Center, opening in 2014.

In March, President David Hodge invited the Miami student body to mark the opening of the Armstrong Student Center by helping to “literally write the book” that will be housed within the Great Seal in the new Bicentennial Rotunda. (See an artist's rendering of the center’s Great Seal and full contest description at the Howe Writing Center website.)

Of the 84 entries in the contest, 12 finalists’ entries (3 from each class) were selected by a committee of Miami faculty, staff and students, with all names and identifying information removed. Top essays from each class were voted on from among the finalists (also on an anonymous basis) by Miami students the week of April 26, and the grand prize winner was selected by the awards committee from among the 12 finalists.

The office of the president and the Howe Writing Center announced the overall winners of the Great Seal Writing Contest:
Top Prize, First-Years: Michelle Johnston: "With Love and Honor"
Top Prize, Sophomores: Laura Hower: "Obstinate Motion"
Top Prize, Juniors: Laura Dewire: "Where We Love is Home"
Top Prize, Seniors: Olivia Kerrigan: "Our Legacy

Grand prize winner Hancock is a journalism major from Lexington, Ky. Her essay is: "We, On a Path to Wisdom."

The contest awards are: grand prize: $2,000, and a featured place as the open page in the book within the Miami Great Seal; $1,000 for best essay in each class, first year through senior. The winning submissions can be found on the Howe Writing Center’s website.

The Great Seal book will be created and produced entirely by Miami students: its contents (which will include all 84 submissions to the contest), artwork, layout and design and the actual paper on which it will be printed.

After a competitive process, two students from Miami’s architecture and interior design department, Sophia and Madelyn Delgado (sisters from Lebanon, Oh.), were selected to create the artwork for the book and paper science and engineering students in the department of chemical and paper engineering will make the paper.

The Great Seal book will be unveiled at the Armstrong Student Center grand opening in February 2014, and commemorative versions of the book will be available to the Miami community at that time.

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