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2018 May 26 - 01:45 pm

CCWeek and NISOD Announce Annual Essay Contest Winners

Winners Praise Instructors for Aiding Success

Community College Week and the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) have announced the winners of the annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest.

Named in honor of former CCWeek editor Scott Wright, recipient of the 1998 Award for Excellence in Higher Education Journalism, and whose reporting focused national attention on developmental education, the contest asked student authors to name 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 three employees featured in the winning essays each received a $1,000 check and were to be recognized during NISOD’s annual conference in Austin, Texas. The winning student essays will also be published on Community College Week’s website.

Additionally, each winning student’s college receives a complimentary 2018-2019 NISOD membership.

To participate in the contest, students at NISOD member colleges 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 2018 winners are:

• Andrea Montes, student, and Debby Sutton, professor, El Centro College (Texas)

• Sofia Velasquez, student, and Teela Foxworth, professor, Portland Community College (Oregon)

• Troy Presley, student, and Forster Agama, professor, Tallahassee Community College (Florida)

“Each year NISOD looks forward to awarding students who take the time to thank someone who helped them reach their goal,” said Edward J. Leach, NISOD’s executive director. “Each student who entered the contest is to be congratulated, as are the individuals at our member colleges who continually make a positive difference in the lives of their students.”

Said CCWeek Publisher Pamela K. Barrett: “The contest aligns with NISOD’s mission by highlighting the importance of lasting, positive impressions in teaching and learning. It mirrors the lasting influence left by Scott’s contributions to higher education journalism and Community College Week. As the essay contest honors student and faculty successes, so we also remember the successes of Scott Wright.”

You can read the winning essays by clicking on "Student Spotlight" on www.ccweek.com.

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