The Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami has announced the winners of two writing contests that took place in celebration of October as writing month.
Students were invited to submit entries through the Howe Writing Center's Web site, www.muohio.edu/cwe. The first contest, "My Most Significant Experience," encouraged participants to submit an essay about an event that shaped the values and personal truths that guide their daily lives. Three winners were selected from 45 essayists. The winners are: Christina Bernecker, freshman, for "Dedication"; Wendy Burger, sophomore, for "My Father's Hands"; and Chau Nguyen, sophomore, for "Footprints of Viet Nam."
An image and photo contest also was conducted. Participants posted a photo, drawing or other image depicting their ideal location for writing. The winners are: Kevin Gniazdowski, freshman, for "Necessary Chaos"; Katherine Brotherton, freshman, for "Bertha"; and Alissa Wade, senior, for "At Hueston Woods in the Morning." These students competed with 30 other contestants.
According to Paul Anderson (English) director of the Howe Writing Center, judges for the contest indicated there were many exemplary entries for both contests, making it difficult to narrow it down to the winners. All entries can be viewed on the center's Web site. Each winner received a $100 gift certificate to the Shriver Center bookstore.
The Howe Center for Writing Excellence was announced at the Sept. 15 board of trustees meeting, with a $10.5 million gift from the Howes to make Miami the best university in the nation at teaching undergraduates to write well.