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2015 April 30 - 10:43 pm

Student Essay Contest Winners Announced

Winners To Be Recognized at NISOD Conference in May

Community College Week and NISOD have named the three winners of the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest.

Held each year, the competition honors the memory of Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week and winner of the 1998 Award for Excellence in Higher Education Journalism. His reporting focused national attention on developmental education and the unique open access mission of community colleges. Wright died in 2003.

This year, student authors were asked to describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged him or her to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college, and describe how that encouragement helped him or her reach that goal.

The three winning student authors and faculty member featured in the winning essay will each receive a $1,000 check. The authors, the featured employees and the presidents of the students’ colleges also will be publicly recognized during the Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration held in conjunction with NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence, scheduled got May 23-26 in Austin, Texas.

The winning authors and faculty members are: Andrew Caputo, student, and Professor Loretta Fry, professor, Indian River State College (Fla.); Dottie Pratchard, student, and Tom Leal, Diablo Valley College (Calif.); and Sarah Reckling, student, and Patricia Barker, professor, Tarrant County College District-Trinity River Campus (Texas).

“We are delighted to announce the finalists of the Scott Wright Student Essay Contest, which is a great way for students to thank educators in their lives for their counsel and support,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “Among the hundreds of essays we received from students across the country, three finalists stood out for their profound expression of sincere gratitude.”

Created in 1978, NISOD (the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) is a membership organization committed to promoting and celebrating excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges. NISOD’s activities and programs are based on the premise that teaching excellence is a result of focused leadership, increased awareness and use of learning principles, sound teaching practices and a commitment to student success.

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